Re: Reilly Smith
posted at 7/7/2013 12:01 PM EDT
If you think about what the Devils gave up for Kovalchuk as a comparable, it's kind of interesting.
Devils gave up Oduya, Bergfors, Cormier, a one and an exchange of twos. So four players. Bruins got back four players for Seguin, and if you pair them off, I'm not sure they didn't get more for a potential 50 goal guy than the Thrashers did for a proven 50 goal guy.
Eriksson > Oduya (top six winger, great two way player vs. solid but not spectacular D-man)
Morrow > Bergfors (potential top 4 D with PP skills vs. winger who was out of the NHL shortly after the trade)
Fraser > Cormier (physical grinder with a knack for scoring goals in the A vs. grinder with leadership skills and a history of making questionable hits who has never had much offensive upside)
Smith > Hayes (Hawks used the pick, eventually, on BC's Kevin Hayes. Based on college scoring stats after three years of NCAA hockey, Smith smokes Hayes as a scoring prospect)
Now, someone will say that the Bruins also had to give up Peverley to get that bounty. I look at it like this: how many times did people think the Bruins would have to eat that contract or pay someone to take it off their hands? It's not far-fetched to say that the Cap space of deleting Peverley was also part of the return on trading Seguin.
Are you not entertained?!?!