In what I think is a really great trade, my favorite douche, Tyler Seguin, is now a Dallas Star, along with Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button. What we had to give up for Segs is going to hurt for awhile, though–Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow, and Matt Fraser. Reilly was one of my favorite prospects, and Loui’s…Loui.
A lot of people are saying that the Stars won this trade, but for the sake of all involved, hopefully this ends up being one of those trades that’s a win-win when all’s said and done (a la Nieuwendyk for Iginla). Loui has the opportunity to contend while he’s in his prime, and the Stars get a potential franchise center.
I can’t stop smiling about this trade, because it’s gotten me really excited for the future. I feel like I say that every year, but Jim Nill’s moves have vastly improved the Stars. It’s pretty amazing how much he’s done in his short time with us so far. We’ve gone from a solid but mediocre team to a put-together group that might actually get a playoff spot.
And to anyone worried about Seguin’s character issues, Jim Nill had this to say:
Well, Mark [Recchi] knows him very well. He’s not an unknown. I watched Tyler when he was in Plymouth. I lived in Detroit there as you know and I’ve seen him grow up as a junior and turn into a great pro. We’re very fortunate he played with the Boston Bruins. They do things right. I know he’s had great coaching and great fundamentals and he’s built a great foundation there. So we’re very fortunate that way. We just look forward to him taking a leadership role down here in Dallas. He’s going to be growing up with the Jamie Benns and these guys. We’ve got a core group of players now that are all under the age of 25 and 26 and younger and I think it’s going to be great for him to kind of grow in with the rest of these players and help create a great environment down here for us.
It’s no secret that Seguin’s a douche, but he is, after all, only 21. They can’t all be Jonathan Toews at that age. I mean, look at Patrick Kane: same behavior as Seguin…is a two-time Stanley Cup champ AND current Conn Smythe winner. We have some really great character guys on the team and within the organization (Ray Whitney, Jim Nill, Lindy Ruff, Mike Modano, Mark Recchi, etc.) who can hopefully teach Segs a lesson and lead by example. Don’t try to tell me that Whitney won’t give Seguin a glare if he steps out of line, because Ray totally will. I’m not saying that Boston wasn’t a classy organization; I just think they mishandled aspects of Seguin’s upbringing (like calling him out).
With this move, Seguin finally gets to go back to his true position: center. He just wasn’t in the right place on the Bruins; with Krejci and Bergeron as the top two centers, Seguin was relegated to wing and I suspect his game suffered as a result. Now the Stars have a guy who has the potential to be a franchise center, assuming he gets his head in the right place. And you know what? I really believe he will. Segs will grow up and become the player we need him to be.
This trade also shows a lot about Jim Nill and the lengths he’s willing to go to, as well as the risks he’s going to take. Joe Nieuwendyk would never have made this trade and would have chosen to play it safe. That’s why he’s no longer GM of this team.
It’s Nill’s team now, and he’s making the most of it.