Tyler Seguin is gone, off to the Dallas Stars in a July 4th trade that set off fireworks across the hockey world.
Ladies, contain yourselves.
Here's the most important thing young Mr. Seguin needs to know about Dallas - last call is at 2 a.m.
He might want to know that you can't buy liquor in stores on Sundays, but beer and wine is OK.
Also, Dallas is in the Central Time Zone. While Seguin may have been perpetually an hour late to everything while he was playing for Bruins, either in Boston or on the road in Toronto, he'll always be right on time for anything the Stars have planned - as long as he doesn't turn back his watch when he gets to Dallas. Truly amazing how all these tales about Seguin's exploits in Toronto surfaced on the internets following his exit to Texas. They don't matter much now, at least for hockey fans in Boston.
Seguin's departure from Boston marks the end of three years of unfulfilled expectations and wasted potential. Seguin demonstrated unlimited potential and performed brilliantly for Boston during its 2011 Stanley Cup run as a rookie. His zenith in Boston came on May 17, 2011, when he scored two goals and picked up two assists against Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final. Boston won that game 6-5.
Seguin's sophomore jinx then turned into a junior lack of achievement.
He was a heartbreaker in every sense of the word.
Seguin, like his three right-wing mates on the Bruins, faded badly in the postseason. In 352 minutes and six seconds of postseason ice time, Seguin tallied one goal and seven assists. He launched 70 shots in Boston's 22 playoff games and scored only once, in Boston's Game 4 loss to the Rangers.
A .014 average.
Sounds like Carl Crawford with runners in scoring position.
Seguin came to Boston as a center. His constant shifting in Claude Julien's system turned out to be a handy excuse for his inability to produce on offense.
Worse, Seguin fanned on multiple occasions, including a crucial up-close-and personal opportunity on Corey Crawford. That whiff cost the Bruins a potential 2-0 lead in Game 6 and possibly a ticket to Chicago for Game 7.
Perhaps Seguin traded hockey spirits with Phil Kessel after all. Seguin came to Boston in Peter Chiarelli's last daredevil deal. On Sept. 18, 2009, the Bruins shipped the productive but way-too-whiny Kessel to Toronto for a 2010 first-round pick, a 2011 first-round pick, and a 2010 second-rounder. Those picks eventually became Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, and Jared Knight.
Dark Knights, indeed.
History may ultimately determine that the Maple Leafs got the better of that deal. But that final determination can't be made until the Loui Eriksson Era comes to a close.
Here's a Seguin highlight reel, thanks to You Tube:
Seguin had 16 goals and 16 assists in this lockout-shortened season over 48 regular-season games. His impending $5.75 million annual cap hit make this deal both convenient and necessary. They will need as much available cap room as possible to wrap up both Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron [after next season.]
Seguin was both a victim of sky-high expectations and rock-bottom effort. The whispers and unattributed Tweets about his partying during the season, especially all that allegedly happened in the Toronto series, only added to the frustrations of both his teammates and Bruins fans who saw much more potential than production.
Seguin did something to royally
piss tick off Chiarelli, Julien and his teammates. Probably a lot of something. Otheriwse, the Bruins would have stuck it out with him for another year to see if he'd turn things around. Or score more than twice in the playoffs.
Chiarelli went to Harvard, so that makes him wicked smart. Smart enough to realize that Seguin's time was up in Boston. It was clear pretty-boy Tyler would never meet expectations on Causeway Street. It also appeared Seguin had plenty of distractions that had little to do with hockey.
After the Bruins rallied back from the hockey brink in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs, Milan Lucic spoke about how he and his core teammates realized that they would be split up if Boston lost that game. The Bruins eventually took a 2-1 series lead against the Blackhawks, with home ice, before losing their last three games of the season. Lucic never got specific when talked about the "we" in his remarks that night.
But the Bruins of June 2013 will be markedly different than the ones that take the ice in October. Nathan Horton is a free agent and won't be back in Boston. Seguin [along with Rich Peverley] is on his way to Dallas.
Now there are rumblings that the Bruins may bring back Jaomir Jagr since they're now lacking at the right-wing position. You can work out your own one-liner about Boston lacking right-wingers, but that VCR may be back in vogue along with your long-lost mullet next season.
Jagr's next playoff goal with Boston will be his first. But Jagr earned gobs of respect in Boston from both fans and his teammates by his seemingly endless supply of energy and effort. And while it may have appeared he was laboring in slow motion at times, he was at least laboring.
When games went into overtime, Jagr went into overdrive.
Seguin, meanwhile, didn't bother showing up against Chicago until after he turned in a woeful minus-3 performance in Game 4, a back-breaking 6-5 Boston OT loss.
Jagr broke into the NHL on October 5, 1990.
That was 495 days before Seguin was born.
Sometimes youth is indeed overrated.
That's something the Bruins learned with Tyler Seguin.
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