Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli yesterday confirmed he’s had discussions with teams about trading Tyler Seguin.

He hopes Seguin got the message.

Chiarelli said he received a “deluge” of calls when news about talks involving Seguin leaked out. Those stopped once Nathan Horton decided to enter free agency and Chiarelli’s desire to move him waned as well.

“If I were to trade Tyler, it would be for an elite young prospect or player,” Chiarelli said during yesterday’s NHL draft. “He’s an elite young player who had an average year. He’s 21 and I expect big things from him. I wasn’t satisfied with his year and neither was he. We’ll move on, but he’s a hell of a player and will be a hell of a player.”

Asked what Seguin had to do to take the next step, Chiarelli spoke to Seguin’s maturity.

“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand. He’s got to become more of a professional,” Chiarelli said. “I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized a lot for playing on the periphery, and he did. He did. But he’s got to commit to being a professional and his focus on the game. We don’t expect him to crash and bang, just focus on his game.”

Did Chiarelli think this would catch Seguin’s attention?

“I hope it does. If it doesn’t, I’d be more concerned,” Chiarelli said. “Listen, we gave Tyler a big contract because he had good performance and I expect that going forward.”

Earlier in the day, Chiarelli expressed surprise that Horton had decided to test free agency, and also said that he held talks with Vincent Lecavalier’s camp about bringing the soon-to-be free agent to Boston.