It’s the 4th of July, or as I like to call it, “The Anniversary of Seguin Getting His Independence from Boston.” A lot’s gone on in the 365 days since that important trade, and I think we can all agree that it was a turning point for the Stars franchise.
Because Jim Nill worked his magic and stole Tyler Seguin (along with the incredible Rich Peverley) from the Boston Bruins for the price of Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow the Stars suddenly became a new team, a more formidable team. It wasn’t always an easy ride, but the Stars made giant leaps in 2013-14, and it all began with the Tyler Seguin trade.
The trade showed the rest of the league that Jim Nill isn’t fooling around: he has a plan, and he’ll do whatever it takes to fulfill that plan. So we missed out on buyout centers Vinny Lecavalier and Danny Briere? Whatevs, Jim Nill went out and traded for TWO right-hand centermen, one of whom has the potential to become elite (spoiler: he did). And suddenly two of the top 10 scorers in the league are on the Dallas Stars. Suddenly the Stars boast a dynamic duo to rival Crosby/Malkin, Getzlaf/Perry, and Kane/Toews and look a whole lot more dangerous.
Factor in what Nill did this offseason, bringing in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, and you have a team that went from zero to hero in the span of ONE YEAR. That’s amazing.
And it all started with the acquisition of Boston’s supposed problem child: a guy so far gone that it was too late to save him from his party boy ways, an immature kid who was incapable of growing up, the young player whose scoring drought lost the Bruins the Cup.
All Jim Nill had to do was take a chance.