Re: Seguin/Peverley vs Eriksson/Smith
posted at 10/18/2013 11:21 AM EDT
Let's clear away the obvious, shall we? If Eriksson, Smith, Fraser and Morrow all play like garbage in Boston, then it's a bad deal. If they don't produce great numbers but play well enough that the Bruins contend for the Cup, then it's not a bad deal, but everyone will wonder "what if...?" Everything beyond that, like the current second line gain chemistry and Smith and Eriksson play better and better all year? Better and better.
The only time it matters what Saygone and Peverley do is if the players the Bruins got aren't contributing to winning, and how much it matters is up for debate. Say Seguin has 100 points this year (and Peverley has a decent year). How much of that is playing for Ruff instead of Julien, playing #1 C and being a key to the PP instead of playing for Julien, RW2 and being on the second PP? It's apples and carburators. No one whose watched anyone play for the Briuns would reasonably assume that Seguin would produce as well in his role in Boston as he will in Dallas, so it's almost impossible to say how much of an incremental improvement 100pt Seguin would be if he'd stayed in Boston.
Even if the Bruins win the Cup, there are people who will say they would have won it easier, faster, in a more dominant fashion if they'd kept Seguin. If they don't, there will be people who say that Seguin would have scored the game winning goal in whatever key games they lost (If the Bruins lose game 7 of the conference finals 2-1 and inevitably someone says "they needed a goal scorer to get that extra goal or two - like Seguin!).
Basically, this thread really comes down to Seguin. If he plays well, and becomes what he was supposed to be - a high-flying offensive threat - there will always be people who say they should never have dealt him no matter what Eriksson, Smith, Fraser and Morrow do for the Bruins. I'm enjoying Smith. I like Eriksson's skills and think he'll break out once he and Bergeron start finding each other more regularly. I think Fraser and Morrow have a future from what little I've seen. Bruins will be just fine, thanks. Dallas...well they're Dallas. With all due respect to dez's scout friend, who f'n cares about Dallas?