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Iginla and Eriksson hope to pick up where Horton and Seguin left off

Aug 6, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

Loui Eriksson AP

When you come as close to winning a Stanley Cup as the Bruins did this past season and overhaul the roster, it’s going to lead to questions how the new players will fit in. When those new guys are veterans like Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla, it feels like a major upgrade.

That’s what the Bruins are contending with this season.

Bringing in a pair of guys who have piled up goals through their career to replace Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin seems like a move that would play out seamlessly but it comes with some potential pitfalls. A couple questions have to be asked.

What does Iginla have left? 

Before last season’s lockout-shortened year, Iginla rattled off 11 straight seasons of 30+ goals. Now as he heads into his 17th NHL season and at 36 years-old it’s appropriate to ask if he can produce at that level again.

Iginla wants to stay in Boston past this season and scoring goals at the pace he did last year (28 goals over 82 games possible) would help that. Consider this if you think that’s not enough: Horton’s best season in Boston (2010-11) he had 26 goals.

Did they give up on Seguin too soon?

That might not even be the right question. The Bruins’ concern with him centered more on him not having grown up yet, but when you look at the raw numbers, the answer is probably yes.

Seguin saw his numbers improve each season and he was on pace to break 30 goals last season if not for that darn lockout. After scoring 29 two seasons ago, it’s not a stretch to think his stock is only climbing. Eriksson, by comparison, has been steady for 60-70 points in his last four full seasons.

Giving up a possible superstar for consistently great output only means fans will debate their trade for the next 10 years.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    On Horton: totally OK, he showed up in the playoffs but it’s hard to justify paying north of 5.5 million a year for 5 years when some young buck could step in on the cheap, or the team could make up for it.

    On Seguin: This is a weird one.

    Part of it is:
    1) Would Seguin ever really find a home in Julien’s system?
    2) What will the prospects turn out to be?
    3) Will Erikkson be as steady around 70 points?
    4) Would Seguin be traded if he was making 3 million a year and not 6 over 5 years?

    If Seguin pulls a Kaner it’s a no brainer. But it’s hard to put up with a 6 million dollar a year headache even if the cap goes up next year.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Seguins no way near as good as Kane

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        I know. The point being, each of them went above and beyond ‘youthful indiscretions” and were on or over the line of potentially having a problem.

        Kane got his act together. Verdict is still out on Seguin.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Not sure what to make about Seguin. Some of the stuff you hear rumors about are pretty troubling. There have been reports of him calling out veterans during the playoffs and more. Boston is a small hockey community and word starts to get out as people know other people.

        I thought the Seguin deal was ridiculous but after hearing stuff that the media did not report, I was glad to see him go

  2. bekay19 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Should not be that difficult to do. Both Horton and Seguin produced when their Centers (Krecji and Bergeron) were going. They both slept walked through the regular season and although they may have given up early on Seguin.. the Bruins need to win NOW. This is the time to take advantage of Chara being the force that he is. These acquisitions give the Bruins the best chance to be a Stanley Cup contender this year and next.
    I don’t think there is a team in the NHL right now more balanced and ready to win then the Bruins. Have to hope there will be no hangover and that this team will pick up where the left off (only healthier).
    It will be exciting to see what young guys are able to produce and who will make a name for themself this year.
    Go B’s!

  3. 19to77 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I really wonder how much Horton can produce without Krecji. When he was on hot streaks in Boston it was typically because Krejci was in clutch mode and dominating everybody. Yeah, he put up a great postseason – being centered by the top scorer in the playoffs. But with injury concerns, inconsistent effort level in the regular season and absurd salary/term demands, letting him go was the right call. He’s good, but I doubt he’ll live up to the contract he got from Columbus.

    Seguin… well, the fallout from that deal remains to be seen. Eriksson’s contract is great value, Seguin comes with drama the Bruins didn’t like, Joe Morrow is a great prospect and they were able to shuttle off Peverly’s terrible contract. There are a lot of upsides for the B’s. Of course, if Seguin puts up 80 points a year it’ll be hard not to question the deal, but the Bruins clearly didn’t think it was likely.

  4. BurkieInBoston - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
    Marchand – Bergeron – Eriksson
    Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
    Paille – Campbell – Thornton

    Chara – Boychuk
    Seidenberg – Hamilton
    McQuaid – Krug

    Rask – Svedberg

    • stepanup - Aug 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Complete. Team.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    What’s cool about the Bruins is as of right now, they have no 35+ contracts. Obviously a guy like Recchi helped put them over the top in ’11 but it’s nice that the core is still relatively young.

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      You forgot the big guy on D. He’s an old man at 36 now

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Haha, yah, totally spaced. CapGeek had it as a Bonus Eligible contract and I guess that took precedent over 35+ contract label.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Oh maybe, I’m no cap expert so it’s possible

  6. mobojangles - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    First of all, Horton didn’t want to stay in Boston. It’s a non-issue, he had to be replaced and the Bs had no choice. Second, Seguin is a cap-casualty as much as anything. I think this ‘party’ thing is pretty overblown. The problem with Seguin was his play on the ice. He became very one dimensional offensively, and I myself wonder how much he’ll develop his game. He’s a center, and not well suited to the wing the way the Bs play, and there is NO WAY he was going to play center on the top two lines on the Bs. Chiarelli upgraded the team with Eriksson, and point totals are overrated. Last, trading Seguin allowed them to move Peverley and receive good value. If you consider that Seguin for Eriksson is pretty even (salaries considered), but Dallas probably had to add a good prospect (Smith) for Chiarelli to pull the trigger. That means that Peverley probably produced Morrow and Fraser. That’s a great trade considering Pevs contract, and the cap issues. The ‘window’ argument is a real one, and where Seguin was a poor fit on the wing, and wasn’t going to win any of the center spots, it’s a deal that makes total sense. Who cares about Seguin in 5-7 years? The Bs are trying to win cups NOW.

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