Shortly after pregame warmups, just prior to the B's 2-1 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli told the media that Tyler Seguin
would not play in the contest.
"Tyler missed a team breakfast and a team meeting this morning," said Chiarelli of his club's leading scorer. "He didn’t wake up.
"An honest mistake, but we have team rules and we abide by them — he has to abide by them —- so that’s the reason for his scratch.
"He’s had a couple of incidents before over the course of his career," added Chiarelli. "I don’t see it as a problem; I see it as a young player who sometimes forgets to set his alarm."
Postgame, Head Coach Claude Julien spoke about the situation.
"Well it’s just one of those things you’ve got to do every once in a while as a coach," said Julien, whose Bruins currently stand second in the Eastern Conference. "He missed some meetings and obviously it’s not the first time.
"When it’s the first time you give guys a break," continued the coach. "But it’s happened more than a few times and at one point he’s got to hold himself responsible and we felt that he could have easily done that.
"Hopefully it’s a learning thing, but he’s a good player and he’s a good individual. He’s going to bounce back and he’s going to come back and play for us next game."
After watching the B's loss from the press box, Seguin admitted his mistake.
"It’s something you can only really learn from and move on," he said. "I know it was a mistake and I know it wasn’t professional and I know it’s going to have consequences and it’s against the team rules.
"I’ve got to pay the consequences."
But it sounds as if Seguin will make some quick changes.
"I think anytime you have to go to the stands, it’s not something I’m personally happy with," said the sophomore wing. "I told myself I never wanted to be back up there again and I was tonight to watch the game and you can’t do anything about it.
"It’s not a feeling you want back."
B's Captain Zdeno Chara
said the decision on Seguin was "pretty simple."
"We don’t have any exceptions, it doesn’t matter who it is," he said. "We try to treat everybody the same way and it’s just unfortunate.
"He didn’t follow up on the itinerary today and that’s what happens."
"I’ve already talked to him," said Veteran forward Shawn Thornton
. "He’s aware. He’s a smart kid. He’s only in his second year, but he gets it.
"We’ve all been through it," said Thornton, who played his 1000th professional game on Tuesday. "We’ve all made mistakes — nobody’s immune from it."
Thornton's take was shared by his GM.
"It’s a young kid who’s learning to be a pro and he’s a heck of a player," said Chiarelli.