The Fourth of July provided substantial fireworks, and not just in skies across America. The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars made a blockbuster, seven-player deal that sent Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to Dallas for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. The major story was obviously the young Seguin being dealt just a couple weeks after the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Finals loss to Chicago. Many Boston fans were upset by the trade and criticized Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli for making the deal. There’s been a lot of fallout and rumors in the days following the deal, and a lot of fans are debating who “won” the trade. So who did, and was Peter Chiarelli right to pull the trigger?
Tyler Seguin’s time in Boston was up for a couple of reasons, the first being his ineffectiveness in the playoffs. This postseason, Seguin scored just one goal on seventy shots with a -2 plus-minus. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, the team’s top two centers, scored nine goals each in the playoffs; Krejci only took 56 shots. The other three centers (Gregory Campbell, Chris Kelly, and Rich Peverley) scored two goals each, putting Seguin at the bottom of the stat sheet. Add up Campbell, Kelly, and Peverley’s contracts, and they make just $1 million more combined than Seguin’s contract. From the time Seguin was drafted, he was expected to be eventually be Boston’s top center, but in reality he just ended up being overpaid and replaceable due to his failure to live up to those expectations.
With a player of Seguin’s potential usually comes patience from the front office. The young star is given time to figure it out as long as he continues to work hard and stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, Seguin’s rumored partying habits were too much for the Bruins to ignore. There was a report that he showed up to games in the Toronto series with the clothes he had on the day before, and it was also reported that the Bruins got so frustrated with him that they ordered him to stay in a hotel guarded by security f0r the remainder of the playoffs. Though these reports have been disputed, by Seguin’s mother of all people, it was a known fact that Seguin liked to party, and he was scratched earlier this year for missing a team breakfast. Though the Boston media can be harsh on players (and coaches) when they are let go, these reports do not seem out of the ordinary. If they are true, Chiarelli is justified in making this trade given the roster he already has.
So who won the trade? Dallas gets Tyler Seguin and all of his potential, as well as a gritty player in Rich Peverley and a defenseman with lots of promise in Ryan Button. The Bruins get a proven scorer in Loui Ericksson as well as three stud prospects in Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. Right now, it’s a little too close to call, but Boston gets the edge. Ericksson is a consistent performer, and the prospects Boston got are dynamite, especially Morrow. If Seguin stops partying and produces, however, the Stars have a guy who can lead them into the playoffs. In a trade like this, neither team has lost yet.