September 20, 2012

Seguin signs with Biel of Swiss League

By Jesse Connolly

Just nine days after inking a six-year extension with the Boston Bruins, Tyler Seguin has put pen to paper on another hockey contract.

The B’s 20-year-old winger signed on with Biel of the Swiss League on Thursday and will play with the club for the duration of the NHL lockout.

Seguin had a breakout year for the Bruins in 2011-12, leading the team with 29 goals and 67 points in his second year in the league. A native of Brampton, Ontario, the young star initially believed he’d be eligible to play in the American Hockey League during the work stoppage, but general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed Seguin would have to clear waivers in order to be sent down – thereby negating the possibility of seeing him in Providence.

“I’m not going to get into the reasons,” Seguin’s agent, Ian Pulver, told The Hockey News when asked why Seguin was joining Biel. “I can confirm he will play there and leave it at that.”

Pulver expects Seguin to join his new team in short order. Biel plays in the Swiss-A league, which is comprised of 12 teams. In 2011-12, they went 23-24-2-1 to finish eighth.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.