Even though we are in the early days of the NHL calendar, there will be no shortage of intrigue in the Boston Bruins three matchups this week. Boston has had a ton of success in recent years, but not all of the players that have been involved in those seasons' have been kept by the front office. Was management correct in letting those players go? Time will tell, but there are certainly mixed results that leave the jury very much out.
Tuesday's tilt with the Dallas Stars brings home the Bruins most recent big name exile, Tyler Seguin. Seguin was number two overall pick in 2010 that was supposed to be the dynamic offensive talent the Bruins had always lacked up front.
Seguin played a role in helping the B's capture the Stanley Cup in 2011, but in his remaining time in Boston, he never quite lived up to his vast potential. Over time his maturity became a significant issue that culminated in him getting shipped out of town earlier this last summer.
Seguin wasn't the first big name forward to be unceremoniously dumped by the Bruins. In this decade that honor went to Phil Kessel, who, like Seguin, never seemed to capitalize on the wealth of offensive talent he was blessed with.
The Bruins thought so little of "fat" Phil that they were willing to trade him to the division rival Maple Leafs. The trade woke up the Minnesota native, who now is fifth in the NHL in points, and appears to have found the fire that he never had in Boston.
To make matters worse, Toronto currently holds the top spot in the division, and Kessel is a big reason why. Unlike Seguin, who is in the Western Conference, the Bruins are be going to see a lot of Kessel for the foreseeable future.
The final homecoming of sorts this week is Tim Thomas. Last month Boston got the better of ole' Timmy down in Florida, in front of an embarrassing home crowd in South Florida. Thomas has been out of hockey since he last suited up with the B's and has looked inconsistent while battling injuries.
That said, you know that the two-time Vezina trophy winner is going to be fired up to play in the building where he legitimized his career as one of the best goalies in the NHL (if only for short while).
The NHL season is a long grind where some games don't mean as much as others, but all three of the Bruins' games this week should be highly entertaining matchups that hopefully will be able to spark some life into a team that, as of right now, is out of a playoff spot.
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