NHL Notes: Seguin claims slur came from 'hackers'

NHL Notes: Seguin claims slur came from 'hackers'
July 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
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DALLAS -- Recently acquired Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin says an anti-gay comment that showed up on his Twitter account came from "hackers."

The Stars said in a statement Sunday that they had "addressed the issue directly" with Seguin. The tweet showed up on his account Saturday and was quickly removed.

Seguin posted an apology on Twitter and said he was temporarily shutting down his account because of "repeated attempts by `hackers' to try to damage my reputation."

The 21-year-old Seguin was traded to Dallas by Boston on Thursday, just days after Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli criticized the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft as needing to be a "better pro."

Dallas made the seven-player deal because it needs centers, and Seguin figures to be on the Stars' first line.


Senators: Who will replace Alfredsson?
Now that Daniel Alfredsson is a member of the Detroit Red Wings, the Ottawa Senators are without a team captain.

Alfredsson became the Sens' captain in 1999 and wore the "C" for 14 years in Ottawa.

So who should be Alfredsson's successor? Ottawa Sun writer Don Brennan thinks Jason Spezza is the club's best option.

"The truth is, Spezza ran the Senators dressing room even when Alfredsson was in it," Brennan writes. "He is more engaging. He welcomes the new players and shows them around. He asks questions and gets involved in the lives of his teammates. He befriends them all. He organizes the parties."

Spezza, 30, has spent his entire 12-year career with the Senators' organization. Ottawa selected Spezza with the second-overall pick in the 2001 draft.

The Sens are pretty thin when it comes to veteran leadership. Chris Phillips (35), Chris Neil (34), Craig Anderson (32) and Spezza (30) are the only players on the team's roster older than 30.

“If they held a vote in the room by show of hands,” a recently retired player told Brennan, “they’d all pick Spezz.”


Sabres: Tallinder re-acquired from Devils
Defenseman Henrik Tallinder is heading back to Buffalo.

The Sabres on Sunday dealt minor league forward Riley Boychuk to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Tallinder, according to the team's official website.

Tallinder began his NHL career in Buffalo after the Sabres drafted him in the second round of the 1997 draft. He spent eight seasons with the team before joining the Devils.

"We are excited to have Henrik back in the mix on our blue line," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said."His experience will be invaluable not only in adding more stability to our back end, but also in the development of some of our younger defensemen."

Tallinder is owed $3.5 million this season and comes with a cap hit of $3.375 million.


Blues: Backes moving to the wing?
After signing playmaking center Derek Roy to a one-year deal, the St. Louis Blues have several options on offense.

Norm Sanders of the Bellevue News-Democrat, via ProHockeyTalk, suggested moving captain David Backes to the wing.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong knows his club has plenty of flexibility up front for coach Ken Hitchcock.

“I think it has a chance to be a very difficult group to defend,” Armstrong said. “I think Ken’s got a lot of different options. We have a lot of options and we’ve found a natural center iceman that can produce points.”

Backes had six goals and 22 assists in 48 games for the Blues last season. Playing alongside Roy could help those numbers increase.


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