A week ago Tyler Seguin’s name came up in trade talks during the NHL draft. Some people said it was a motivation tactic to get him ready for next season while others said it was real. Well, on America’s birthday there were plenty of fireworks as the former second overall pick was dealt with Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.
Seguin had 16 goals and 16 assists in 48 games in the 2013 season, but it was his performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs that opened some eyes. In 22 games, Seguin accumulated only one goal and seven assists. It was not the production the Black and Gold were looking for as his professionalism was questioned by General Manager Peter Chiarelli at times.
“I don’t really want to really play that up too much,” Chiarelli said. “He’s a 21 year-old that played as an 18-year-old and I think he was just a 21-year-old kid. He was maturing and growing up and he liked to have fun like the rest of them. I don’t really think it was such a big deal, but when I said earlier about focus, just about little things, about preparing to play.”
Seguin finished his year in Boston with 56 goals and 65 assists in 203 games played. His career in the playoffs were a different story though. In 42 games, Seguin had six goals and 12 assists. It is possible the big moment got to him, but that is a different story for another time.
The key piece coming back to the B’s in all of this is Loui Eriksson. Eriksson is a 27-year-old left winger who has spent all seven of his NHL seasons in Dallas. He has 150 goals and 207 assists in 501 career games.
During the 2013 season, Eriksson compiled 12 goals and 17 assists in 48 games. But most importantly, Chiarelli loves the make-up of Eriksson and what he will bring to the B’s.
“He’s 6’3 about 195 and with good speed,” Chiarelli said. “He’s very responsible defensively as well.”
Along with Eriksson, the B’s also hauled in Matt Fraser, Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith. Morrow is a 20-year-old defenseman who has not yet played in the NHL, but was selected 23rd overall by Pittsburgh in the 2011 NHL draft.
Smith is a 22-year-old winger who had nine points for the Stars last season in 37 games.
Fraser had one goal and two assists for the Stars last season.
Life without Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley will begin shortly as the training camp is only a few months away. With this trade, the B’s freed up a lot of cap space so a few corresponding moves will follow. We have heard David Clarkson’s name thrown around, Daniel Alfredsson and coincidentally Jarome Iginla’s name.
It will be very interesting how Chiarelli maneuvers his roster with a few roster spots open. One thing is for sure though, this trade was strictly a business decision and had nothing to do with Seguin’s extra-curricular activities.
Seguin had so much promise coming out as the second overall pick. It is possible his speed and quickness did not translate into Claude Julien’s system or it was the fact that he played wing instead of his natural position of center. Many people turn to his lifestyle playing a factor. No one will ever know.
One thing is for sure, the B’s will be have a new look next season as they hunt for Lord Stanley in the 2014 season.
Tyler Seguin took to Twitter late Thursday night to thank the fans of Boston.
“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.”