The Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars as part of a blockbuster trade involving seven players. Along with Seguin, the Bruins also sent off Rich Peverley and defensive prospect Ryan Button.
In return, the Stars gave Boston left wing Loui Eriksson, NHL forwards Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defense prospect Joe Morrow.
The blockbuster trade rivals the one that led to Tyler Seguin playing for the Bruins. That trade was on September 18, 2009, when the Bruins sent Phil Kessel to Toronto in turn for a 2010 first-round pick, a 2011 first-round pick, and a 2010 second-round pick.
Those picks allowed the Bruins to draft Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, and Jared Knight. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli explained of Tyler Seguin:
“He came here with much pomp and circumstance. He played very well for a young player. This year wasn’t his best year… He’s a good kid. He’s a terrific player. He’s probably better suited for center.”
Seguin scored 16 goals and 16 assists in 48 regular-season games this year. He also had one goal and seven assists in the Bruins’ 22 playoff games. Chiarelli added of the decision to trade Tyler Seguin:
“Signing someone to a big deal and trading him doesn’t mean you don’t like the player or he’s not an important part of the team… you have to make some hard choices and hard decisions. The fact that we signed Tyler had nothing to do with us trading him.”
I want to thank the fans of Boston for all your support you have been great. The city of Boston will forever be a part of me. #BostonStrong
— Tyler Seguin (@tylerseguin92) July 5, 2013
Seguin is coming off his entry-level contract. He is getting ready to start the first year of a six-year, $34.5 million contract extension. The player’s annual cap would have been second among team forwards. The gap between his expected pay and his performance so far made him expendable to the Bruins.
The money they would have spent on Tyler Seguin will likely go toward higher contracts for goalie Tuuka Rask and center Patrice Bergeron. And while the bruins were sad to see him go, the Stars welcomed the addition of Seguin. Stars general manager Jim Nill stated of Seguin:
“Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come. A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we’re thrilled to bring him into our organization.”
Do you think the Bruins made the right decision to trade Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars?