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Tyler Seguin and Shawn Horcoff introduced as Stars

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 10:53 AM / News
By Mark Stepneski
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Tyler Seguin and Shawn Horcoff introduced as Stars

Tyler Seguin met the media at American Airlines Center Tuesday morning, and his recent issues with social media took center stage.

A tweet posted on Seguin’s Twitter account that contained an anti-gay slur had the 21-year-old making headlines just days after being acquired by the Stars from Boston. Seguin said Tuesday it was the result of his account being hacked.

“Jim (Nill) and I talked about it and thought it was best that I shut down my Twitter,” said Seguin. “It was definitely unfortunate, the time period of all this happening. My Twitter, in fact, was taken over along with a few other things that have my name. It definitely didn’t feel good that my name was out there, saying negative things. I do want to apologize to anyone that was hurt by what I said, and I am definitely happy to be moving on.”

And moving on is what Nill and the Stars want Seguin to do. They want to put the social media issues behind him and look ahead.

“I think Twitter and social media is a major downfall of ours. Who are we do judge when you don’t know? That’s why I’m excited about today. It’s a chance for Tyler to turn the page,” said Nill. “He is starting a new career down here in Dallas. We had a great talk about it. He’s the only one who knows what happened over this Twitter situation and I just think it is time to move on and we’ll go from there. We’ve turned the page.”

The Stars are hoping that the addition of Seguin, and the team’s other offseason moves, will help the Stars turn a new page and get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Seguin, acquired in a seven-player deal with Boston on July 4, is the centerpiece addition for the Stars this summer.

“It’s a new start. It’s a new experience,” said Seguin. “I’m definitely excited to earn the respect of my new teammates, management and the fans.”

“We gave up some pretty good players to get him and he’s going to be a big part of this franchise moving forward,” said Nill. “We’re excited about a player like Tyler and we’re excited about the season coming up. It’s a great day for the Dallas Stars today.”

The Stars expect Seguin to be the team’s No. 1 center. That’s exciting for Seguin, a natural center who played wing during his time in Boston.

“Yeah, I’m very excited to be moving to center,” Seguin said. “It is my more natural position. 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.”

Seguin was introduced to the media along with Shawn Horcoff, acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade on July 5. The Stars sent defenseman Philip Larsen and a seventh-round pick in 2016 to the Oilers for Horcoff, who will bring a veteran presence.

“We need guys that know how to win, how to play every day, bring it to the rink every day,” said Nill. “I know Shawn going way back. I was fortunate enough to be at two World Championships with him. He helped me win two gold medals. I saw his work ethic, what he brings. He’s a true pro through and through.”

Horcoff had to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal to the Stars. That meant leaving Edmonton, where he had played his entire NHL career. But he likes what Nill is doing in Dallas.

“I’m really excited. This is my first time going through it. I spent 13 years in Edmonton. For me, it was time for a change,” Horcoff said. “I think the biggest thing for me in deciding is I have a lot of belief in him (Nill), the fact that he is going to do the moves necessary to bring winning back here, to get in the playoffs and to get all the ingredients in order for us to do that. That really appealed to me.”

Horcoff, Seguin and Rich Peverly, also acquired in the deal from Boston, gave the Stars a boost at the center position, considered a weakness heading into the offseason.

“We’ve solidified our center ice position and I think it matches up against anybody in the league,” said Nill.

It’s been a big offseason for Nill and the Stars, who also added veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar in early June and then grabbed highly touted Valeri Nichushkin at the NHL Draft in New Jersey at the end of June.

“We’ve made a lot of changes,” said Nill. “What people don’t realize is you come to work every day trying to get better. But it’s tough. This is a very good league. We’re fortunate that at the right time, the right players became available.”




1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46


J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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