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While many are pointing to Seguin’s off-ice activities as one of the main reasons he was shipped to Dallas, Fluto says it had a lot more to do with the money he was making, and his production on the ice.
“It got to the point, and maybe this is of their own doing, maybe they shouldn’t have signed him to that six-year deal. He didn’t project to be that kind of salary player. It was the right time to say, look, [Seguin is] not as good as we projected him to be, let’s get an asset for this player and get some cap space by dealing Tyler and (Rich) Peverley’s salaries away,” he said.
“There aren’t many guys in the league with his speed and shot, and he should have been better because of that,” said Shinzawa, adding that Seguin’s off-ice approach did not help with his on-ice peformance. “He didn’t have the focus he needed to have. You can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds, but there are a lot of 21 year olds that get it, like Patrice Bergeron did.”
“I think it was a combo, but I think the on-ice was a bigger factor. The skill just didn’t match with the head and the heart, and those are two really tough qualities to teach.”
In return for Seguin, Peverley and prospect Ryan Button, the Bruins received three prospects and forward Loui Eriksson, who Shinzawa says will be a perfect fit in Boston.
“He’s going to be close to a point-per-game player and play a two-way game – ultimately be a pretty good fit for this organization,” said Fluto. “He’s a dependable player and you know what you’re going to get every night. You can’t say that about Tyler. With Eriksson, you have a really good idea at what he’s going to bring.”
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Boston also added Jarome Iginla over the weekend, giving them the two forwards they needed to replace Seguin and the departed Nathan Horton. Shinzawa doesn’t think there will be any hard feelings towards Iginla, who turned down a trade to Boston in favor of going to the Pittsburgh Penguins last season.
“I think 99-of-100 players that had that choice would choose Pittsburgh,” he said. “I really don’t think there is hard feelings either way, and I think it’s good he’ll be playing his natural position. We saw in Pittsburgh he was playing on the left, and he said he was more comfortable on the right.”
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