The latest on Tyler Seguin, analysis of why Daniel Alfredsson left the Senators, reviewing the remainder of the NHL UFA market, consideration of Eric Lindros for the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Ducks re-sign Matt Beleskey.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Tyler Seguin is creating a sensation (and not in a good way) before he’s even joined the Dallas Stars. First came images of Seguin hosting a house party on the Fourth of July, the same day he was traded to the Stars. On Saturday night, a homophobic tweet went on out Seguin’s Twitter account, which he subsequently deleted, claiming his account was hacked. The Stars have issued a statement claiming they’ve spoken with Seguin on the matter. He’s decided to shut down his Twitter account for a while.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The partying on the Fourth of July? No big deal. Millions of Americans were partying that day, and Seguin probably had the event planned before he discovered he was dealt. As long as his partying doesn’t affect his on-ice performance (and the jury is out on that regarding his final season with the Bruins), this isn’t an issue. Plenty of hockey stars had well-deserved reputations for partying in the past (hello there, Patrick Kane) and for most it never affected their play. In Kane’s case, he silenced his critics this season by leading the Blackhawks in regular season and playoff scoring, become playoff MVP as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. As Seguin matures, the partying will decline.
The homophobic slurs, on the other hand, are troubling. Seguin claims he was hacked, others speculate perhaps one of his friends got hold of his cell phone and sent out the offending tweet as a prank. We can only take him at his word, but it’s apparent the Stars will be chatting with Seguin. It’s also not the first time he’s gotten in trouble for tweeting a homophobic slur. Given the scrutiny on Seguin’s personal life lately, it’s probably a good idea he shut down his Twitter account.
BOSTON GLOBE: Christopher L. Gasper believes the Bruins gave up on Seguin too used, suggesting he was placed into a role as a third liner he was never meant to fill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. While I like the return the Bruins got for Seguin, which will obviously benefit them in the short term, Seguin has far more upside. He’s only 21 with superstar potential, which could shine through as he matures. If Seguin blossoms into the superstar he’s projected to become, the Bruins could regret this trade.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman with analysis on why Daniel Alfredsson left the Ottawa Senators to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, suggesting it may have been disrespect on the part of Senators management. Friedman noted Alfredsson has always accepted less than market value with the Senators, but the one time he wanted to be paid market value, the Senators balked.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friedman’s take on this situation is the best I’ve read on the matter. For all the talk of tarnished legacy and selfishness by Alfredsson, (the latter Alfredsson acknowledged following his signing with the Wings), I felt there had to be more to this situation than just his desire to win a Stanley Cup. It won’t change the situation, but it does appear to shed more light on perhaps the real reason behind his departure.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts lists the best remaining players in this summer’s UFA market. It’s a thin list, folks.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes it’ll be a tough call for the Hockey Hall of Fame’s selection committee to determine if Eric Lindos will be inducted this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bob Clarke, who as Flyers GM often feuded with Lindros and his family during the latter years of the big center’s tenure in Philadelphia, believes Lindros belongs in the Hall of Fame. So do I. The off-ice drama and baggage aside, Lindros was a great player whose career was cut short by a series of concussions. He’ll eventually be inducted, but it probably won’t happen this year.
LOS ANGELES TIMES’ Helene Elliott reported yesterday the Anaheim Ducks have re-signed Matt Beleskey to a two-year, $2.7 million deal.