On Thursday, July 4, less than 24 hours before the NHL free agency period was set to begin, the Bruins set off some Independence Day fireworks of their own, shipping 21-year-old Tyler Segin, along with Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button, to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Loui Eriksson and three prospects.
Seguin, taken with the No. 2 overall pick in 2010 that the Bruins acquired after trading star Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs, was supposed to be the Bruins’ centerpiece of the future. He was just that in his first couple of seasons in the NHL, scoring 40 goals and tallying 49 assists for 89 points in his first two seasons, and helping the Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup when he was just a rookie.
He performed fairly well in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, with 32 points in 48 games, but essentially disappeared during the playoffs, recording only one goal and seven assists over 22 games in the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
After Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli expressed concerns with Seguins’ off-ice maturity, saying that “he’s got to become more of a professional,” he decided that three years had been enough and it was time for the Bruins to move in another direction, getting a two-way player in Eriksson who looks to be a better fit in coach Claude Julien’s system. Seguin will now look to get his career back on track in Dallas, where it is reported he will be moved back to center, the position he grew up playing all the way through juniors after spending three seasons in Boston on the right wing.