Key Cogs in Black & Gold Future
BostonBruins.com - Twenty-year-old Tyler Seguin has experienced many changes in the whirlwind of the past few years, but Bruins fans won’t see the forward switching off his love for Boston anytime soon.
On Tuesday, the Bruins signed the forward to a six-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season, just on the heels of locking up Brad Marchand on September 7 to a four-year deal through 2016-17.
Prior to the signing, BostonBruins.com spent time with No. 19 in August as he gave us a glimpse of his Toronto summer training regimen. Despite his hometown appreciation, there was one thing that Seguin mentioned repeatedly throughout the visit – his loyalty to the Hub of Hockey.
“Since the first day I came into this city, I knew this is where I wanted to live and have a life,” Seguin told bostonbruinsTV on Tuesday. “There is a sense of professionalism between the organization and the players. Obviously, the group of guys, it goes a long way, and then on top of that, the city.”
Two of those players Seguin will continue to play with into the future are his linemates Patrice Bergeron and the recently inked Brad Marchand – all three part of the B’s young core. And the significance of being considered in that core group is not lost on Seguin.
“With a player of his talent, his skill, his speed, his strength, he’s got a lot of things going for him,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told bostonbruinsTV. “He’s come in – he’s really integrated himself and the guys like him, and I think he’s humbled to a certain degree by this contract. I know he is.”
Seguin’s teammates recognize those characteristics as well and were happy to see the signing, including alternate captain Bergeron.
“He’s a young guy of our core group, and obviously a guy the franchise wants to build around,” said Bergeron. “He’s got a lot of years ahead of him to get better and he wants to learn.”
“Obviously I know there is still a lot of a learning process to keep going on,” Seguin echoed. “And I like to say that, even though Bergy is still young and for the most part, my linemate, he is still a guy I look up to and you could almost say he’s my role model.”
With No. 19 remaining in the B’s mix long-term, he’s excited for his other linemate, Brad Marchand, to be donning the Black & Gold alongside him for an extended time as well.
“I know Brad’s earned that,” he said. “I’m very excited to see him here in Boston for the next few years.”
Coach Julien also addressed this summer’s extensions, glad to have members of the Stanley Cup squad around for a while.
”You’re happy for any of those players that get those kinds of extensions,” he said at the Bruins annual golf tournament on Monday. “They’re warranted - I mean, you don’t just go out and give guys contracts just because you give out contracts, they have to be earned and our organization has been like that as long as I’ve been here. It’s always been about the merit of it.”
“Everyone I talk to about coming here on an extended contract loves Boston,” Chiarelli reiterated upon Seguin’s signing. “They say that, and I don’t think they just say it because that’s what I want to hear or it’s what the fans want to hear, they truly and genuinely want to stay here. It’s a terrific sports town, it’s a town full of character.”
The city of Boston will have the trio around far into the future, and the crescendo of ages amongst the group (Seguin-20, Marchand-24, Bergeron-27) will help a young Seguin integrate even further into the core of the club.
“Throughout the last four years now, I feel like I keep improving, both on the ice and off the ice, and I don’t want to stop, I want to keep going.
“I feel like I have a lot to learn and a lot of respect to gain, but I’m happy I can do it in a Black & Gold jersey.”