While fans expressed their extreme dismay when the Boston Bruins announced the trade of Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in a Fourth of July powerhouse deal that created fireworks around the NHL last summer, critics took the necessary bipartisan opinion, saying a few years would have to pass before any “winners” of the trade could officially be declared.
Except in less than one season on the top line in Dallas, Seguin has already tipped the scale in the Stars’ favor of the trade winner while currently in the midst of helping partner in crime, captain Jamie Benn, push Dallas into a postseason berth. While the twins of Texas are experiencing their career best seasons (Seguin has 76 points, Benn has 70) their presence on the team has been all encompassing for the other players filling the Dallas lineup.
It was an opinion pushed to truth when both Seguin and Benn were completely left off the point tally Saturday afternoon against the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues, yet Dallas skated away with the decisive 4-2 victory over a Stanley Cup favorite and continued along their potential playoff path. True talents on the ice not only improve themselves, but improve the game of those around them.
Although an official critic might walk the line a little more politely, both Seguin and Benn have exactly what it takes to not only get the Stars into the playoffs, but to give this team a shot at making the appearance count. Saturday’s game against the Blues proved there isn’t a team in the NHL Dallas doesn’t have the talent to beat, an especially difficult feat considering St. Louis is currently playing their best hockey of the season.
If the Stars do manage to slip into a Western Conference Wild Card spot, they can take advantage of the “clean slate” that comes when all 16 teams enter the postseason; even President’s Trophy winners have been known to choke in the first round.
And if they haven’t realized it already, it might be during those very times Boston realizes just how much they miss a kid like Seguin.