Haggerty: Bruins cut losses with Seguin trade

Haggerty: Bruins cut losses with Seguin trade
July 4, 2013, 8:30 pm
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After rumors swirled that the Bruins were actively involved in efforts to ship away Tyler Seguin, the speculation finally turned into reality on Thursday.

The B's swapped out the 21-year-old right wing and center Rich Peverley for the Dallas Stars' Loui Eriksson and prospects, a move that is surely to be controversial considering Seguin's age and the flashes of talent he has already shown.

Yet, as Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty pointed out, it was a tough 2012-2013 season that laid the seeds for Seguin's departure.

"I think it's a couple of different things. First of all, he had an average regular season. Then he disappeared during the playoffs, one goal in 22 games, he's got 3 goals in 40 playoff games over the last three years," Haggerty said. "He's one of those players that I was not sure he was ever going to play the way the Bruins wanted him to."

"For them, they felt better about trading him away, getting some value, getting some prospects, trading him while the value is still very high on him and the return was very high and kind of moving on and cutting their losses."

Haggerty also noted that the trade left the B's with some cash lying around, money that could be used to shore up the right wing position with the kind of players the team most wants.

"That was awfully important, an extra $4.5 million in cap space," Haggerty said. "It was one of those things, Horton's gone, Jagr's gone, now Seguin's been traded away, they're kind of reconstructing that right side and bringing some guys that are maybe better two-way players, more gritty players that the Bruins want."

Click on the video above to hear all of what Haggerty had to say.