Re: Tyler Seguin Tracker
posted at 10/12/2013 12:00 PM EDT
In response to marco0863's comment:
Very sad stanley and could be embarassing . People are already getting ready with excuses and I figured it out
They do this so they deal with better is like setting aside reality. For ex" seguin CC an become a franchise player in dallas and everywhere else really but not in Boston"
You can't predict the future, and neither can I. Seguin's career (or Kessel's for that matter) may flounder or they might become Hall of Famers with more life time goals than Mario.
However, the Bruins realize they have a window to win some Stanley Cups before the core of the team gets too old. And in pursuit of that goal they dealt Seguin. Regardless of how Seguin's career goes long term, they had to trade for players they feel are more effective in the playoffs.
I like the player, but I can't deny he was absent in the playoffs last year. You have to have zero tolerance on the matter, if it was his rookie year, then maybe yes. But 7 pts in 13 playoff games his rookie year. And 8 pts in 22 games last year? 2 years down the line from that rookie season?
If you weren't a cup contender or if you were out of the playoffs, yes, you can take the time for his development, but not when you're one of the contenders.
The guy isn't a banger, he doesn't dig pucks out of the corners, he doesn't do a lot of things, but he is supposed to SCORE - when it counts. In the playoffs. In the big games.
ONE goal in he playoffs. ONE. I like the player, but you can't tolerate that.
There is parity in the NHL, the difference in talent from top to bottom isn't that big. The Bruins need mature responsible players on the ice.
Enough time has gone by for me to separate my emotions about the player from the reality, and reality was the only logical choice was to deal him. They needed 3rd line depth and some prospects and they got that for him, the immediate needs were obtained. Becuase it was the 3rd line that was an enormous problem in the playoffs for lack of production . A third line with Seguin on it.
This year, no Dogvan, no Pandolfo and plenty of contention for that 3rd line. If they had that last year, they would have had a lot higher probability of success.
Could it be an embarassment? Yes. It could. But logically there was no way around it. If they kept him, it's saying low playoff performance is OK, and they can't afford to do that. This is not a vey young team like the Avs who are looking long term, this is a team that must have success in the playoffs now.