DALLAS — Naturally, the hot topic surrounding Tuesday’s introductory news conference featuring recently acquired Dallas Stars centers Shawn Horcoff and Tyler Seguin on Tuesday morning at American Airlines Center was Seguin’s recent Twitter faux pas where this anti-gay comment was posted to his account Saturday night:
“Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.”
The tweet was quickly deleted, however, the damage was done, as on Sunday the Stars were forced to issue a statement about the tweet, which Seguin maintains came as the result of his account being hacked. The 21-year-old center has met with Dallas general manager Jim Nill about the incident and during Tuesday’s presser Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said he feels the situation has been sufficiently addressed.
“Jim [Nill] and I talked about it and we thought it was the right decision to shut down my Twitter,” Seguin said. “It definitely didn’t feel good that my name was out there with saying negative things. But I definitely want to apologize to anyone that was hurt by what I’ve said and happy to be moving on.”
Nill also addressed Seguin’s situation and reiterated the importance of putting the entire situation behind them so he and the organization can move forward.
“I think Twitter and social media is going be a major downfall of ours. Who are we to judge when you don’t know? I think it’s a great chance for Tyler to turn the page,” Nill said. “He’s starting a new career down here in Dallas. We had a great talk about it. He’s the only one that knows what happened with his Twitter situation and I just think it’s time to move on and go from there.”
Seguin admitted it is disconcerting to think that tweet is how many Stars fans will view him until he can prove otherwise.
“Yeah, it’s troubling,” he said. “In the end I want to earn the respect of my teammates, management and coaches but fans as well. I’m looking forward to that opportunity. In the end, all you can do is move on from that. I’m looking forward to a great summer here and moving on to put this behind me.”
One positive with the move is that after playing on the wings in Boston over the past few seasons, the young center now gets to return to his more natural position in the middle as he figures to likely be centering Dallas’ top line alongside 2012 NHL All-Star Jamie Benn and maybe even Rich Peverley, who also came over with him from the Bruins in last week’s trade.
“Yeah, I’m very excited to be moving to center. It is my more natural position,” Seguin said. “I am happy to say that I’ve played wing as well and can be put in each area. I’m looking forward to playing center.”
Speaking of Peverley, he not only feels that having a familiar face also adjusting to life in Dallas will help ease his process, but the fact that he and his fellow ex-Bruin are pretty tight will also be an asset to him going forward.
“I played with Pevs for two and a half years now. Great player like I said up there. I think both of us, we actually sit beside each other in the locker room back in Boston,” Seguin said. “So, we were talking all the time. I think he’s a great player, an all-around good player, good guy. Very nice family and I think he’s going to fit in just perfect with this system.”
Seguin has spoken briefly with several of his new teammates, including Benn, but once the trade to the Stars became official, he immediately noticed one pretty major difference between playing for Boston and now in Dallas.
“I think for starters, obviously there’s a lot of young guys. On my last team, I was the only single guy, so I’m excited to meet some new faces,” he said. “It’s a new start. It’s a new experience. I’m definitely excited to earn the respect of my new teammates, management and the fans.”
And even with one of his higher-profile personnel changes making news right after being added to the Stars roster for something negative, Nill reiterated what a big fan he is of Seguin and how much he is going to add to the franchise in the future.
“When a player like Tyler becomes available, that doesn’t happen a lot in the sports world. I think it’s a win-win for both teams,” Nill said. “What I’m excited about is Tyler’s played with a great organization. The Boston Bruins, they do it right. They do it the way we want to do it and he’s been through that process. He’s lived there three years, learning how to do it the right way and we’re going to be the beneficiaries of that time.”