In a move to gain cap space, Boston sent Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to Dallas yesterday afternoon
While most were enjoying their 4th of July cookouts, Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins were working on a blockbuster deal that ultimately sent Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and young defenseman Ryan Button Dallas for forward Loui Eriksson and prospects Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow. It has been known that the Bruins were willing to shop Seguin this offseason and were listening to offers, but the deal still came as a shock to most.
Even though Seguin struggled in the postseason this year, he is still a dynamic talent, and raw at 21 years old even with 3 years of NHL experience already. In my opinion, this deal is a knee jerk reaction to some slow play and shows a bit of buyers remorse after Boston handed Seguin a 6 year $34.5 million contract a short time ago.
The former 2nd overall draft pick acquired via Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade showed great promise in his first two years in Boston, but he struggled to get in a rhythm all year, and those difficulties continued into and through the playoffs. Apparently Boston thought that Seguin would never reach his full potential, and decided to deal him and Peverley to clear cap space.
Eriksson is a solid two-way winger who should be able to put up around 70 points a season, but is 6 years older than Seguin, and is not as dynamic an athlete. It remains to be seen how the prospects will turn out to be as pros.
I thought Seguin would end up being a superstar for the Bruins for many years to come. He is a terrific skater and still has many years ahead of him until he reaches his prime. Boston apparently thought otherwise and dealt him for cap relief and a more proven player.
After dealing two players who were crucial to the team in recent years and only receiving one immediate starter in return, the Bruins must take that money they saved and spend it elsewhere while also finding Nathan Horton's replacement. After receiving news minutes ago that Daniel Alfredson spurned the B's for the Red Wings, one of the top targets for Boston is now off the market.
Determining who got the better end of this deal will have to be put off a few years until the prospects develop and Seguin has played a few more years. But I think the Bruins panicked after seeing Seguin struggle after signing his contract extension. He is going to thrive going back to his normal center position in Dallas, and still has years to become an even more talented player than he already is. The Stars got their top line centerman of the future, and now the Bruins have even more holes to fill than before.