And the rockets red glare! The bombs bursting in air! Gave proof through the trade, that the locker room was bare. It’s turning out to be a rather ugly free agency period after all. ( I said it was going to be dull and boring, and I was totally off the mark there.) According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have agreed to a deal that would send forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley, and 22-year-old defenseman Ryan Button to Dallas for forwards Loui Eriksson and Matt Fraser, and prospects Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith.
My thoughts on this?
Tyler Seguin stopped caring about the Bruins, and this led to the trade. There were reports of Tyler Seguin partying his pucks off during the regular season. The 21-yr old kid acted like your average 21 yr old kid…save for the millions of dollars that kid had. Factor in him disappearing for games three and four of the Toronto series where it was rumored he was in the same clothes for three days, and an ugly picture emerges. Chara tried to talk to him, Bergeron tried to help him, at one point even Shawn Thornton glared at him asking him(or a very polite threat) to get his head in the game. In the end, no one brought this trade on more than Tyler Seguin.
I do feel bad for Brad Marchand though. He just lost his best buddy.
Now we’re also losing Rich Peverley. He didn’t really have a great year last season, but Peverley had a solid work ethic. Peverley had eighteen points this season (six goals), but his line was always being put together and taken apart, and the lack of consistency lead to a -9 rating. Peverley had to waive his no-trade clause to make this deal, so he probably thought a fresh start on a new team would help him.
Peter Chiarelli has either conjured up some magic for the Boston Bruins or has committed an Olympic level mistake. Tyler was a problem child, but he was a rather gifted problem child. Either way this clears up enough cap space (including putting Marc Savard on long term injured reserve) to give the Bruins over thirteen million to play with. Well, that solves the Rask and Bergeron problem quite nicely. It even wraps them up in a black and yellow bow. Got to give it to the GM, he fixed many of the Bruins problems and caused few new ones in one fell swoop.
The average hockey IQ of Boston Bruins fans just skyrocketed. It’s safe to say a lot of people out there loved Tyler Seguin(and couldn’t tell you the name of any other Bruin). I think I actually heard a collective sigh of relief from all the amazing women out there who can say they love Bruins hockey(and can talk like they mean it).