Friday January 23rd, 2015

Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin believes the Boston Bruins gave up on him too soon before trading him, he wrote on The Players' Tribune.

Seguin, the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, played three seasons with the Bruins, winning a Stanley Cup in his rookie season. He was traded to the Stars in July 2013 amid questions about his professionalism.

More than a year after his departure from Boston, Seguin said the trade was a wake up call for him.

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Now that it’s all completely in the past, I can give you my honest answer. Do I think the Bruins gave up on me too early? Yes, I 100 percent believe that.
I had hoped to stay in Boston for a long time. I even put a deposit down on a house there just months before I was traded. I never got to move in.
But time has given me more perspective. Just about every professional athlete has an experience in which they learn firsthand that they indeed work for a business. The Boston trade was mine.

Seguin signed a six-year, $34.5 million contract with the Bruins in 2012 and said salary cap concerns also contributed to the team's decision to trade him.

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In his first season in Dallas last year, Seguin set career-highs with 37 goals and 47 assists. Through 46 games this season, he leads the league with 28 goals and also has 24 assists. He will play in his second All-Star Game this weekend.

The Stars are 21-18-10 and are currently the No. 12 seed in the Western Conference.

- Paul Palladino

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