Saturday, July 6, 2013

Day 97: Bruins Make More Roster Changes

I'm afraid I'm barely going to recognize the Boston Bruins next season. First they decide to let Andrew Ference and Jaromir Jagr go, then Nathan Horton opts not to return. And now, in what's being called "a blockbuster deal" with the Dallas Stars, the B's trade away Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button for wingers Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser and prospects Joseph Morrow and Reilly Smith. Eriksson was the real attraction here. He has spent his entire seven year career with the Stars and scored 150 goals and 357 total points.

I know that there has been grumblings that Seguin is maybe focused a bit too much on the partying and not enough on the actual hockey so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. GM Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe last month that Seguin needed to be "more professional." If that isn't a sure sign that you're going bye-bye, I don't know what is. Being cocky just gets you traded.

It just seems odd that they would be so quick to give him a big fat contract just a couple years into his NHL career, without fully knowing his real potential. His production in the postseason left a lot to be desired—he scored just one goal in 22 games. Seguin could've been a dynamic force for the B's if he just could've kept his head in the game...and out of the bar.

Peverley was salary cap collateral damage with his $3.25 million slated for next season. And with his scoring slowly decreasing over the past couple years, it was inevitable that his time in Boston was coming to an end.

As if all that wasn't enough, the Bruins also signed Jarome Iginla yesterday to a one year, $1.8 million contract. I'm not sure how I feel about this deal since Boston evidently wasn't good enough for Iginla last season... what has changed? Huh, Iginla? Realize you might have made a slight error in choosing the Penguins to take you to the Stanley Cup? Of course, now I'm afraid he's going to be a jinx. What if he did choose Boston last year? Would the Penguins have gone to the Cup finals instead?

There's no doubt that Iginla will provide the Bruins with some much needed scoring. Over the last 11 seasons (not including this past strike-shortened season), he has scored 30 or more goals in each. Iginla has also led the NHL in goals scored twice in his career.

Ok, Bruins... I think I'm good with all of the above but if you even think about sending Milan Lucic away, you're dead to me.

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