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Tampa Bay Lightning Reportedly Have Interest in Tyler Seguin

June 29th, 2013 at 1:18 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

The Boston Bruins have reportedly made Tyler Seguin available in trade discussions.

 

Reportedly, the Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the teams interested in acquiring the 21 year old forward who is signed through 2018-2019 at 5.75 million per year.

 

With 2nd line center Vincent Lecavalier now a UFA after being bought out of the remainder of his contract, the Lightning are facing a real hole in the middle of their lineup. Forcing young players like Alex Killorn or Tyler Johnson into that spot might be a recipe for another long struggle of a season as they adjust to the grind of the NHL game, playing tough minutes vacated by the Lightning's former captain.

Seguin is a so-called "natural center", who has played mostly wing with the Bruins due to their embarassment of riches at the position. Late in Boston's playoff run, he was even relegated to third line duty.

He certainly has 2nd-line center upside and skill, and paired with Stamkos for the next 5-8 years could form a formidable, young, 1-2 punch at center for the Bolts should Tampa Bay acquire him.

Unfortunately, it seems the Bruins are looking for a "king's ransom" for Seguin in trade discussions.

 

Typically in trade negotiations, a "king's ransom" involves a 1st round pick, an elite prospect, and a quality roster player, so if Seguin is acquired, it will almost certainly require the 3rd overall pick, one of Brett Connolly or Vlad Namestnikov, and someone like Ryan Malone or Benoit Pouliot.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brett Connolly, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tyler Seguin, Vlad Namestnikov

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