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B's releasing Seguin to WJC for cap relief?

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08:53 AM ET 12.01 | The Bruins may allow Tyler Seguin to play for Team Canada, which would keep his salary off the books for a few weeks. "I haven't heard either way," Seguin said Tuesday afternoon as to whether he'd be allowed to play in the tournament. But a team source said later in the day that the Bruins may be willing to let Seguin play for his country and achieve a lifelong dream after being skipped over for last year's World Juniors. If the Bruins allow Seguin to go to camp and play in the tournament, his salary would not count against the cap for the time he was away.

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December 1, 2010  09:02 AM ET

good way to literally buy some time i guess...

December 1, 2010  09:02 AM ET

I can understand the benefit to the team, but not to the player. His game will only grow by playing against experienced NHL competition, not by playing with players his own age or younger.

December 1, 2010  09:02 AM ET

Since he didn't get the chance last year, may not be such a bad thing for him.

December 1, 2010  09:18 AM ET

While I'd love to see him play for Canada I think this is stupid. Gasp....can it be I agree with Hank?

KILL THE CAP

December 1, 2010  09:23 AM ET

Given how big of a deal it is for the young players to play for Canada, it could serve 2 good purposes.

Plus, Bob MacKenzie would be elated....

December 1, 2010  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I can understand the benefit to the team, but not to the player. His game will only grow by playing against experienced NHL competition, not by playing with players his own age or younger.

Not sure. Its not like he's having GREAT success at the NHL level, not that he's been terrible either. Playing - and potentially dominating - in this tourney would do wonders for his confidence. He can gain some big-game experience which should help him cope with what he'll be dealing with come April, which also helps the Bruins of course. Plus, if its a life-long dream for him as they say (hard to argue), the Bruins get the added benefit of the "good will gesture" that they can use as an arguement towards a Home Town discount come contract negotiation time in a few years.

Its not like he's going to be getting a ton of ice time once Savard and Sturm return, so he benefits from the extra ice as well. Its not like playing in the WJC is like going back to the OHL...its another level of play well above that. Cripes, I'd bet the 2 teams thata played for Gold last year would even beat a couple of teams in the NHL right now...at LEAST the Islanders!

I like the move, its creative, likely win/win (pending an injury) for player and team, and it gives Chiarelli extra time to figure out a solution to his Cap issue (which, knowing Savard and Sturm's history, could solve itself through injury before Seguin even returns). Besides, its not like he's across the pond. If the team needs him, I doubt it would be difficult to get him to a game from Buffalo.

December 1, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Given how big of a deal it is for the young players to play for Canada, it could serve 2 good purposes.Plus, Bob MacKenzie would be elated....

If by elated you mean he'd have a dark spot in the front of his pants...I agree. :-) And it would require Pierre MaGuire to spend Christmas with his thesaurus.

December 1, 2010  09:55 AM ET

they passed on him last year and should've taken him, i would say no

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December 1, 2010  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Kinda tough to show what you can do when your coach buries you on the 4th line with Sean Thornton and Danny Paille. Might as well put him out there with me.

Schads TD is very entertaining.

December 1, 2010  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I can understand the benefit to the team, but not to the player. His game will only grow by playing against experienced NHL competition, not by playing with players his own age or younger.

each game of the world juniors is like the playoffs in the NHL, or bigger. He will learn how to deal with the weight of an entire nation's aspirations and about being expected to perform at a top level...I don't consider that a waste. Maybe he will have a solid tourney and arrive back in the big league with wind in his sails.

I don't in any way see this hurting him, and I do see it as a huge asset for Canada.

IMO its impoprtant to have national pride and to want to play for your country. Consider for a min that Canada has 8-9 NHL players available for the tourney, most will not be made available....so is it really a world championship? We arent even allowed to send our A-team!!! Anyways, I think the NHL and international hockey should do more to co-exist like FIFA and the national federations.

December 1, 2010  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

good way to literally buy some time i guess...

true

December 1, 2010  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I can understand the benefit to the team, but not to the player. His game will only grow by playing against experienced NHL competition, not by playing with players his own age or younger.

agree - but Boston has a glut of forwards right now, so IMO a few weeks is not going to make that much of a difference... plus IMO he may be a little fresher going into the spring.

December 1, 2010  10:42 AM ET

The 18-19 y/o kid will most likely have a career in the NHL, meanwhile, the World Junior is something that is VERY important to most canadian hockey fans and is also hugely important for canadian hockey players. Given that the Olympics are the only other International tourney that really matters, I htink it would be nice for NHL clubs to let their youngsters miss a few games in order to sport their national colours (regardless of what nation they play for).

I can see that there would be exceptions; Crosby, Ovechkin type players that dominate from their first moment in the league perhaps have nothing to prove on that stage, however most players, Hall, Seguin, Schenn, could benefit from it and have not proven at the NHL to be so vastly superior at this point in time. IMO the only eligible player for Canada that should be exempt is Evander Kane, because he has truly earned his spot in the league, he is established (and not just for knocking out Cooke).

December 1, 2010  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Kinda tough to show what you can do when your coach buries you on the 4th line with Sean Thornton and Danny Paille. Might as well put him out there with me.

That would make him look alot faster :)

December 1, 2010  10:44 AM ET

furthermore, look at Ovechkin, he dominated the tourney when he was there and then ran into a formidable team Canada who completely dismantled him. To argue that they cannot benefit from their experience there is outright stupid. I bet you if you ask Ovie about that team Canada game he will tell you that it taught him ALOT about playing a man's game and alot about what would be expected of him if he really wanted to be the best. AGain, thats my opinion.

December 1, 2010  11:15 AM ET

If the kid wants to go play in the World Juniors then let him.

December 1, 2010  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Since he didn't get the chance last year, may not be such a bad thing for him.

It will be a good thing for Seguin but, it's just a banaid solution for the B's. They need something more permanent.

December 1, 2010  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I'd love to see him play for Canada I think this is stupid. Gasp....can it be I agree with Hank? KILL THE CAP

Lots of room on the bus.

 
December 1, 2010  12:40 PM ET

Hey Canuck Eh I'm guessing your avatar should read:
Good Luck
Toronto !

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