After having settled nicely in Dallas, Tyler Seguin is getting reflective about his tenure with his first NHL club.
Despite all the success the Bruins and Seguin enjoyed together - a Stanley Cup, two Eastern Conference championships, leading the team in scoring during his second season - he contends that too much focus is placed on the circumstances surrounding his trade.
Jettisoned at age 21, he says the Bruins simply pulled the trigger too soon.
"Now that it’s all completely in the past, I can give you my honest answer," he writes. "Do I think the Bruins gave up on me too early? Yes, I 100 percent believe that. I had hoped to stay in Boston for a long time."
Seguin added the following in regards to the many tales spun leading up to and recounted following the trade:
When I got traded to the Stars after only three seasons in Boston, there were a lot of articles and rumors about how I was pushed off the Bruins because I was some kind of immature, unfocused party animal.
Looking back, based on the way the Bruins were situated at the center position and the realities of a salary cap system, it’s clear that the business side of hockey played a big part in why the trade happened. But that doesn't make for a very interesting headline or Tweet.
I admit that there were probably some decisions I could have made better, but I also highly doubt that anyone would endorse every choice they made in their late teens. It's part of growing up.
Seguin continued by saying he believes his time in Boston was invaluable for the next phase of his career, giving him the confidence and structure to become a leader.
Tied for the NHL lead in goals (28) and second in points (52) at the All-Star break, Seguin is certainly doing his part to turn the Stars into a contender.