Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls. Don Bruino is going to tell you a story.
You will either like it or you won't: One or the other. Save your comments and keep them to yourselves on this matter - I personally could not care less. If you like it - post you like it. If you don't like it - post you don't like it. That's all.
So to spruce things up before the start what will be a certain wonderful season of Bruins hockey and board posting. We're here to entertain and inform - Here is the Story:
For a fortnight, Nathan Horton was hearing murmurs, through the hockey grapevine, that he was being shopped. He had scored only 4 goals in his previous 17 games, and he had been sulking for over a week. He felt the Bruins were showing him no respect.
In the early morning of March 26, the Bruins agree to a deal that would ship out Nathan Horton. The deal was conditional on Nathan signing a long-term deal.
The deal was worked out with either Columbus Blue Jackets or Dallas Stars. I have not been able to find out which one for certain. Coming the other way from Columbus was Derek Brassard and another player. From Dallas the player was Loui Ericksson. Another deal was already bubbling with Calgary for Jarome Iginla, his replacement.
However, since Nathan would be a free agent at year end, he decided that he would not agree to any deal. He wanted a chance at the Cup, this time from beginning to end. At the end of the campaign he would leave because of the disrespect.
The deal fell apart in less than 48 hours. Columbus went after Marian Gabor and got him; Louis Ericksson went nowhere. They missed out on Jarome, as you already know, and now PC was in scrambling mode.
He tried to pry Ericksson with a different deal - no go. Last resort, they agreed on Jaromir Jagr.
And even though none of the prior deals worked out, the Bruins almost triumphed again. Nathan went running to Columbus and Loui Ericksson found his way to Boston.
And Tyler Seguin is gone to where he can play the way he wants, score lots of points and win nothing: the rerun of the Joe Thornton story.