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PHT’s top 13 of ’13: Seguin traded, all the stories come out

Dec 25, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Tyler Seguin AP

The whispers started a day before the draft. The Boston Bruins, fresh off a Stanley Cup Final loss, were apparently taking trade calls on Tyler Seguin.

At the time, the rumors were dismissed by many as an attempt by general manager Peter Chiarelli to give Seguin a wake-up call. And when Chiarelli came out and said the 21-year-old needed to “become more of a professional,” it sounded like the second overall pick in 2010 would be staying in black and gold. Otherwise, why say such a thing?

Then, a few days later, the blockbuster was announced — Seguin was dealt to Dallas, along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button, in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow.

Not long after that, all the stories started to come out. The Bruins, according to one report, had to sit down with Seguin during the playoffs to address his partying. There was even talk security guards had to be hired to keep him in his hotel room. At which point Seguin’s mom became part of the story. Then, as if all that wasn’t enough, there was that “unfortunate” Twitter incident.

While the passage of time hasn’t completely stopped the Seguin stories from emerging. it all does seem like a blur now. Looking back, it remains unclear if the talented forward was traded mostly due to his off-ice activities, or if it was more about a speed-and-skill style that didn’t mesh with the Bruins’ hard-nosed, powerful approach. Perhaps the former helped convince the Bruins’ brass of the latter, or vice-versa.

Whatever the main reason he’s in Dallas today, Seguin is thriving. Playing alongside 24-year-old Jamie Benn and 18-year-old Valeri Nichushkin, his 37 points lead the club and rank 12th in the NHL, tying him with the likes of Martin St. Louis and Erik Karlsson.

“We’ve got a core group of players that are all under the age of 25 and 26 and under,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill after landing Seguin, “and I think that’s going to be great for him to grow in with the rest of these players and help create a great environment down here for us.”

  1. shaundre93 - Dec 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    What a mess of an offseason it was for him. I think the media was the biggest problem, I don’t think Bruins management ever threw him under the bus except for Chiarellis comment about becoming more of a pro. Trade worked for both sides though. Seguin is thriving, peverley is a very effective forward(victim of the cap shrinkage). For Boston Loui has been steady as she goes when healthy, Reilly Smith has Bruins fans saying Tyler who? Fraser looks promising as a depth scorer, don’t know Morrow very well aside from the hype.

    I don’t feel like there is a need to claim a “winner” in this trade or the kessel trade for that matter. All parties involved got exactly what they wanted in my opinion

    • btlpper68 - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Trade worked for both sides realy? I know Riley smith has been a beast bad realy Erickson has done nothing. Seguin just keeps lighting it up probably one of the nhl’s best right now. I Had the CHNACe to watch him live and wow did the bruins ever make a mistake getting rid of him just got inpatient realy. But the bruins are doing fine without him obviously

      • shaundre93 - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        The bruins knew full well they were trading the better player. Having stars just isn’t the Bruins shtick, its all about having quality guys who “buy in to the system” as they say. Smith and Eriksson are superb players who will play a great team game. Both of Louis concussions have come right as he appeared to be getting comfortable and finding his stride. They’ve really hindered his season thus far. Seguin is tearing it up right now, no doubt about it, but the Bruins just weren’t in a position to keep him. He wasn’t going to be “the guy” in the foreseeable future and he wasn’t going to maximize his potential until he was. In Dallas, he gets a chance to do his thing and play to his strengths, as opposed to playing in a system that exposed his flaws. Don’t forget that deal freed up the cap to allow the B’s to sign iginla. That’s why I believe its a win win

  2. polishblue - Dec 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    it was definetly a situation that was blown out of proportion. going into his draft year,he was always regarded as the more complete player and pro than Hall. years later, after getting drafted 2nd to hall he ends up winning it all and celebrates like any 20 year old would.

    look at pat kane. same situation. but instead of trading him for some spare parts because he was a partier, they helped him grow and become a man. what did they get in return? another cup.

    i believe the bruins will regret this trade in the long run and seguin will wear the C one day…

    • spitfisher - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Just like Patrick Kane, except one big difference, Tyler didn’t change off the ice and his playoff performance was pitiful, awful, had he been half of Kane, the bruins would have won another cup. Had he applied himself and got into the dirty areas like he should have it may have had a different outcome.

      He can score all he wants for a Dallas, the fact remains if the season ended tomorrow, he would be at the golf course flirting with the beer cart girl.

  3. canada2014gold - Dec 27, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Last I checked Reilly is second on bruins for scoring. I though Bruins lost the trade but after seeing him in Van I think both did pretty good.

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