Claude Julien spoke for the first time since after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and the Bruins head coach was asked plenty of questions involving departed 21-year-old forward Tyler Seguin. The former Bruins forward was shipped to Dallas along with Rich Peverley in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser, and Julien said he never really had many dealings with any of Seguin’s immaturity issues off the ice. Instead Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was the front office member that dealt with the disciplinary side of “sitting down” with Seguin whenever issues cropped up, and there were indications that happened multiple times over the last three years. Certainly the one-game suspension two seasons ago in Winnipeg counts as one of those major moments. Another cropped up during the first round of this year’s playoffs when Seguin was going out in his home city of Toronto during the first two road playoff games against the Maple Leafs, and then played two miserable hockey games while showing up at the Air Canada Centre wearing the same clothes three days in a row. Julien might have witnessed some of the off-ice issues as Seguin went through the bumpy process of 18-year-old prodigy to twenty-something finished NHL product, but the coach was focused on the on-ice work with the promising young forward. “My main job with [Seguin] was to deal with it as far as the hockey part is concerned. He’d come into my office and we’d watch video, and do this or that. I honestly didn’t deal a ton with [the off the ice] stuff. That would be the GM,” said Julien. “[Chiarelli] deals with those kinds of situations whenever it’s needed, but there are all kinds of other players that go through those kinds of things. My main preoccupation with him was his game because that was the most important part. My job is to get the most out of the player on the ice, and that’s what I tried to do."
Julien: I had no issues with Seguin
NBC Sports Boston | Jul 11