Getty Images“I was surprised Boston kind of gave up on him that quick.” – Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, on Tyler Seguin.
Kane understands Seguin. They became friends during the lockout when both were playing in Switzerland (under the watchful eye of Mama Kane). But more than that, he’s been where Seguin has been: Young, rich, hyped, a Cup ring adorning his finger and scandal trailing him like a checking forward he just smoked.
But the inherent difference between the two is that the Chicago Blackhawks stuck with Patrick Kane, and the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin.
One is looking incredibly smart, after Kane added a second ring and a Conn Smythe trophy to his accomplishments. The other is looking incredibly stupid, what with Tyler Seguin scoring 22 points in 19 games, including a 4-goal, 5-point effort against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
He’s outscoring every Boston Bruin. He nearly has as many goals (12) as the Bruins’ top two goal scorers combined (14).
Despite the sample size, this is making Peter Chiarelli and his braintrust look like a bunch of shortsighted idiots. No. 1 centers are a premium in the NHL, and the Bruins appear to have given up on one that was just 21 years old. It doesn’t matter how good Loui Eriksson is or how the Bruins’ cap situation improved or, potentially, even if they win another Cup before Seguin does. It could enter into the pantheon of lopsided deals; they can ask Cam Neely about those.
That’s the unshakable perception if Seguin is now this guy for the Dallas Stars, but it ignores the likelihood that he would have never been this guy for the Boston Bruins.
We all know the off-the-ice stuff. The behavioral issues that affected Seguin’s play in the postseason – guards outside of hotel room doors and the like – and soured the Bruins players and management on his future with the team. To that end, a change had to happen for Seguin to ever blossom as a star player. He needed to free himself from that situation inRead More »from Tyler Seguin is making the Bruins look stupid, but not that stupid