It's been a disappointing summer for Dallas Stars top forward Tyler Seguin, to say the least. Seguin himself has admitted that he is disappointed in the Stars for not offering a contract of his liking this summer and is unhappy because negotiations have been nonexistent of late. He made sure that management was aware of his feelings, using the words “disappointing” and “disappointed” a total of four times in a six-minute media scrum focused mainly on the potential 2019 free agent’s future with the Stars.
“Nothing’s really going on,” he said when asked for an update on extension talks. “Pretty much haven’t been talking much this summer. It’s been a little disappointing. I thought I’d have some exciting news to talk about at BioSteel camp, especially this late in the summer, but …”
Seguin, who has been eligible to sign a contract extension with Dallas since July 1 and is expected to make more than $10 million per year on his next deal, and it is now believed his former team could look to land him first.
Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald believes the Bruins should think about acquiring the winger if he became available at the trade deadline as a playoff rental. However, Conroy is worried about the idea of Boston pursuing him on the free-agent market next summer, largely because he could become the NHL’s next $10 million-plus player.
"If he makes it all the way to free agency next summer, would I take the plunge if I was running the Bruins? It would have to be a no. A long, much-deliberated no, but a no nonetheless. But if the Stars find themselves out of the playoff race come February and Seguin becomes available as a rental? Absolutely. And there wouldn’t be much need for deliberation," writes Convoy.
However, it might be costly for the Bruins to land Seguin, even a just a rental. What if they have to give up Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen or Ryan Donato as part of the return?
We never know what might happen before the summer of 2019 and hefty long-term deal in Boston for Seguin might be an option. Who knows? That is the beauty of the NHL, and the well-known impulsive decision of the Bruins.
Seguin’s six year, $34.5 million expires on June 30th, 2019 and it’s expected that his $5.75 million annual salary could more than double on his next deal. The 26 year old former 2nd overall pick had a career high 40 goals for the Stars last season and put up an outstanding 78 points in 82 games. It was Seguin’s fifth consecutive 70+ point season and the second highest point total of his career.