The Bruins made fireworks on the Fourth of July when they traded Tyler Seguin, who was taken No. 2 overall in 2010, to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson. Rich Peverley was also included in the deal.
Seguin, a speedy center who led the team in scoring in 2011-12 with 67 points, fell out of favor with GM Peter Chiarelli as the season wound down. There were reports that Seguin wasn't taking his job seriously, and that he was too much of a partier. On top of that, he wasn't producing on the score sheet.
Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald reported that things got so bad between Seguin and the Bruins that he was ordered to stay in a hotel room in Boston, with security making sure he behaved himself.
The loss of Seguin will have two consequences. First, Boston loses speed. Seguin was the fastest skater wearing black and yellow and was a good contrast to the other forwards who are known for being big and bruising (i.e., Milan Lucic). Eriksson is quick, but he's not as fast as Seguin. Second, it improves team chemistry, which is exactly why he was dealt. The Bruins are a tightly run ship, and anyone who has the chance to go overboard won't be asked back for next year's cruise. Without Seguin, there won't be media members asking Claude Julien and captain Zdeno Chara about the antics of any player, which will allow the team to focus more.
Once the reports about Seguin's antics were made public, there was no turning back. There would have been a dark cloud hanging over TD Garden if nothing was done. The trade had to be completed.