The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars celebrated the Fourth of July by offering up fireworks of the trade variety. The two completed a seven-player blockbuster trade that involved star forwards Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson.
TSN's Darren Dreger delivered the news:
The Bruins got decent value back. Eriksson is a durable and underrated player. While defenseman Joe Morrow is a nice prospect. Eriksson's two-way ability and physical play will be a nice fit in Boston. However, this move was largely done for salary reasons.
Eriksson comes cheaper than Seguin. He carries a $4.25 million salary-cap hit in his contract that is through the 2015-16 season, according to CapGeek.
That is far more modest than Seguin's six-year, $34 million contract. In all, this move will save the Bruins a little over $9 million in salary-cap space.
This is important for the cap-strapped Bruins, as they have to re-sign star goaltender and restricted free agent Tuukka Rask.
Still, giving up a talent like Seguin was not worth it.
The former No. 2 overall pick has put up some quality production. He led the Bruins in scoring for the 2011-12 season with 67 points. Last year, he had 32 points in 48 games during the strike-shortened season.
However, one of the factors that undoubtedly led to the Bruins pulling the trigger on this trade is Seguin's postseason performances.
In his last 40 playoff games, Seguin has mustered just 12 points.
This is not the kind of postseason production a team covets from one of its best-paid players.
However, let's not forget Seguin is just 21 years old. Aren't young players supposed to struggle in the heightened intensity of the playoffs?
This is not to excuse Seguin from his postseason failures, it is simply to say there is a good chance he will figure it out. And with his speed and puck skills, how can he not?
As he matures, Seguin will make improvements. He will continue to net points, and as he gets stronger both physically and mentally, he will find his way in the postseason.
While the Bruins needed to find cap space, they should have done so by trading players who don't have the tremendous upside as Seguin.
Seguin is going to go on to have a long and productive career, and at some point, Bruins fans will be asking, "How did Boston let him get away?"