NEW YORK -– A turbulent season of ups and downs for 21-year-old Tyler Seguin might just be getting started.
The gifted Bruins forward struggled through the entire 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run for the Black and Gold with just a single goal, eight points and a minus-2 rating for Boston in 22 postseason games. That was the end point for an inconsistent regular season (16 goals and 32 points in 48 games) that seemed to be a step back from last season when he potted 29 goals and earned his first All-Star appearance with Boston.
General manager Peter Chiarelli referenced the subpar season for Seguin when asked about him at the season-ending press conference earlier this week.
“I thought he played a strong game the last game. I thought his [Stanley Cup Final] was good. He’s a young, explosive player that didn’t perform exactly the way we had envisioned,” said Chiarelli. “But he’s young and he makes plays, and he makes timely plays. There are only good things in store for him.”
With all of that in mind amid a stacked 2013 draft class at the top of the first round, sources have indicated to CSNNE.com that the Bruins are listening to trade offers for their coveted young player. A league source indicated to CSNNE.com that it would take a “king’s ransom” to get the Bruins to move on Seguin, and that a top-10 first round pick in this year’s draft would most certainly have to part of the trade package.
Any deal for Seguin would almost certainly include an All-Star level roster player as well given what Seguin represents: a young forward who still has all the potential in the world, has scored 56 goals and 121 in essentially two and a half NHL seasons and is locked into a six-year deal that will start paying him $5.75 million per season beginning next year.
Chiarelli would never comment on specifics like if Seguin is being shopped, but the Bruins general manager did say that the trade market around this weekend’s draft has been active, and perhaps even strengthened by the compliance buyouts.
Normally the Bruins wouldn't be considering moving a talented 21-year-old that's still got a world of hockey potential inside of him, but impending, huge contract extensions for Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask mean that the Bruins must move some significant salary. That goes doubly so if Chiarelli harbors any hope of re-signing Nathan Horton as well.
“[The trade market] has been active. I think when Vinny Lecavalier got bought out, it kind of threw some teams for a loop and there’s a trickle down effect. It gave everybody pause for thought. But it’s been fairly active. A lot of teams are trying to figure out who they’re going to buy out, and they’ve got some time before July 5. [Those teams] have assets that are available in the draft tomorrow, so [trade talks] are picking up steam.”
The Bruins are clearly not sitting back and basking in the glow of their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in the last three years after arriving in New Jersey for the NHL Draft, and are among the most active teams attempting to get something significant done this weekend.