6. Peter Chiarelli

Despite coming up short in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins were primed to dominate for the next decade — especially with 21-year-old center Tyler Seguin expected to continue to

improve his game alongside a veteran core that included Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara.

But Peter Chiarelli opted to deal Seguin on July 4, moving the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft in exchange for Eriksson, Smith, Morrow and Fraser.

Seguin, who just signed a team-friendly six-year, $34.5 million extension before the trade, has blossomed into a star with Dallas, while every player dealt to Boston has now moved on to other teams.

In five seasons with Dallas, Seguin has tallied 162 goals and posted 357 points over 365 games while making four All-Star appearances.

When healthy, Eriksson had a productive three-year stretch with Boston (147 points in 224 games), but he headed west to Vancouver on a six-year, $36 million deal at the end of the 2015-16 season.

From the moment the trade that sent Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson was announced June 29, 2016, there wasn’t any doubt that Oilers’ GM Peter

Chiarelli had made an over-payment in giving up what he did to get what he needed. The only question now, with the answer still to be determined, is how much of an overpayment the Hall-for-

Larsson swa

p might turn out to be in five years or so. I’m leaning toward epic.

Hall, still only 26, is coming off a career-high 93-point season in his second year with the Devils. It’s a campaign that has Hall as a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP. Despite a

difficult 2017-18 season, Larsson has been what he came to Edmonton billed as — a hard-nosed, top-four D-man who bangs bodies, blocks shots and takes care of his own end first. Larsson has been

the kind of blueliner the Oilers needed and Chiarelli was willing to pay a premium for. That said, when the premium is giving up a MVP candidate, as is the case here, I hope New Jersey GM Ray

Shero at least bought Chiarelli a box of chocolates and sent him flowers.


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