Trades: Where my loyalty lies

By Heather Nelson

Fourth of July weekend I took a short break from social media only to be rudely awakened by word of a massive Boston Bruins trade. The 7-player trade with the Dallas Stars included my favorite player Tyler Seguin, which made me start to think about whether my loyalty lies with the Bruins or with Seguin.

To answer that question simply, Seguin…I think.

As of right now, the Bruins are on my hitlist. Honestly, I wasn’t too shocked at the news of the trade. I think the trade was triggered off some harsh words the Bruins’ General Manager had for the 21-year-old. Forget salary caps. GM Peter Chiarelli made some interesting remarks regarding Seguin’s playing ability:

He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand. He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.

The Bruins and Stars agree to a major trade involving Loui Eriksson and Tyler Seguin. (Photo from CBSSports.com)
The Bruins and Stars agree to a major trade involving Loui Eriksson and Tyler Seguin. (Photo from CBSSports.com)

Unfortunately for Seguin (and for myself), Boston is no longer home. Here’s his chance to take the reins; make the Bruins regret giving him up to (stinkin’) Dallas. (I mean…really?!) really hope the management regrets that trade. I’m still fuming from the deal. Now, I have a couple of options…

  1. Continue to cheer for the Bruins. A team that I love to root for… A team full of players that I have enjoyed watching: Marchand, Bergeron, Lucic, Tuukka… But consider who the Bruins lost so far in the postseason: Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Jaromir Jagr and Tyler Seguin. The offseason is far from over. I wouldn’t be stunned to see the rest of the team go at this point.
  2. Cheer for the Dallas Stars.  I usually have an abnormal hatred for Texas teams. I find that it is deeply rooted in the fact that I am a Nebraskan.  I have to ask myself if I can overcome this extreme hatred just to root for a player I’ve become so attached to in the past three years…?
  3. Cheer for a new team: the Colorado Avalanche. Because I grew up with posters of Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy peppering the basement walls, I think rooting for the Colorado Avalanche would feel right. With the two Avalanche stars at the head of the organization I envision only good things happening.

I have some things to consider in the three-months that remain until the start of the season. I don’t care that trades are a part of the sports business. I hate it and always will. I become so attached to sports teams that they represent something of a family.

Exhibit A: The 2004 Red Sox. The Idiots. …The 2005 Red Sox were a completely different team. But each year I learned to love new players they acquired.

I think the thing that hurts the most about losing Seguin: He’s young, he has potential, he loves Boston, and his career started with the B’s. Now, he’s gone. And I’m left wondering what to do with my hockey self….

Buy a Dallas Stars Seguin sweater or hold out for something better? I haven’t made up my mind, yet.

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