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A Year Later, the Bruins are Losers in the Tyler Seguin Trade

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Itís officially been just over a year since Tyler Seguin was traded to the Stars. Seguinís falling out with the Bruins seemingly carried off-ice implications, and despite what the then-21-year-old was able to produce, the organization felt a divorce was necessary.

What transpired to precipitate the Seguin trade is all well and good, and maybe it was time for the Bruins to part ways with the forward. A year later though, itís clear the Stars got the better end of the deal.

For the Bruins to have come away with a haul even equal to what they were giving up in Seguin was a tall task to begin with. This was a player who had scored 56 goals in three seasons, all before turning 21. Seguin is one of the better goal scorers in all of a hockey ó a rare talent the likes of which are hard to come by. Itís why players who produce as consistently as him are rarely dealt.

Evaluating this trade isnít as simple as saying, ďthe combination of Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith out-produced Seguin.Ē The Bruins parted ways with a top-tier talent, and didnít get close to the same caliber player in return. And Seguin by himself almost equaled what Eriksson and Smith posted, as he scored more goals than both, and only fell four points shy of their combined 88.

Seguin is also still developing as a player. His 37 goals in his first year as a Star were a career-high, and fifth most in the league. Playing next to Jamie Benn, heíll continue to post gaudy scoring numbers. Seguin has scored the 11th most goals of any player in the league since 2011. As he continues to score goals by the barrel in Dallas, this trade will only become more and more lopsided.

With the salary cap going up by the year, and Seguinís production on a similar slope, heís also ridiculously underpaid. Seguinís contract goes through the 2018-19 season, and heíll make $30 million over the next five years. Thatís a steal when compared against what the market would pay Seguin now.

Itís also still a bit unclear just what exactly Boston got in return. Eriksson battled concussion problems last season, while he was a consistent scorer in Dallas, and was thought to be the most bona fide piece of the Stars package. Smith had a career year hitting the 20-goal mark, but he also had a shooting percentage of 13.7, nearly five points higher than his season prior. Whether or not Smith sustains that level of efficiency remains to be seen.

The other two players that came back to the Bruins, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow, spent almost all of last season in Providence. Fraser, a career minor league stud, will probably get a chance to prove his NHL worth this season. Morrow is further down in the queue with the Bruins' depth of talent at the defenseman position. Add up all four players, and the return still isnít in the same neighborhood as Seguin.

Rationales were thrown out, and arguments were crafted when the trade went down that really lacked logic -- like that Seguin couldnít truly flourish in the Bruins system because of its forward depth, and that the Bruins simply spread out their scoring wealth. But itís also very possible the reason the likes of Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Krejci havenít produced as many goals in a single season as Seguin is theyíre not as good at scoring goals.

Then came the postseason that preceded Seguinís Boston exit, one in which the Bruins fell two wins shy of a Stanley Cup, and a stretch that saw Seguin score one goal in 22 games. As many berated Seguin for his inability to find the back of the netóeven pinning the Bruins lack of a title on his performanceóhe took 70 shots during those playoffs, sixth most in the league. His shooting percentage of 1.4 in that stretch was downright criminal, and a complete aberration. That lofty shot total also meant Seguin was involved offensively, and driving possession.

It wasnít a lack of production during that playoff run that spelled Seguinís end in Boston. A small sample size fueled by an uncharacteristic, meager shooting percentage means zilch in the larger scheme of things. The Bruins felt it was the right time to deal Seguin, but from a hockey perspective, itís pretty clear the Stars got the better of the trade.

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