By Kevin Aherne
While most New Englanders have spent the past few days enjoying the weather and celebrating American independence, the front offices of Boston's major sports teams were hard at work. Two of the four Hub City franchises made big moves this week that will impact your favorite teams...
The Boston Celtics are going to have a much different look heading into the 2013-14 NBA Season. They parted ways with their long-time Head Coach then shipped away the remaining members of the Big Three. Now, Danny Ainge has added a new coach, putting his faith into NBA newcomer Brad Stevens. At just 36 years old, Stevens has already established himself as an elite college coach, as he lead Butler to six conseccutive 20-win seasons, 5 NCAA Tournament appearances, and two NCAA Championship games. However, Brad Stevens will be facing quite a challenge: to rebuild a Celtics franchise with no centerpiece.
The Boston Bruins have been making waves since their Stanley Cup loss to Chicago in June. They allowed right wingers Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr to walk away. They also parted with backup goalie Anton Khudobin and defenseman Andrew Ference. However, the biggest move for the Bruins, and of the 2013 NHL off-season, was the trade of 21-year old Tyler Seguin. Miffed by his slow development and off-ice attitude, Boston's front office pulled the trigger on a seven player deal that brings veteran winger Loui Erickson and a slew of prospects from the Stars, while shipping Seguin, Rich Peverly, and a prospect to Dallas. Seguin did not seem too keen on the idea of moving from an Original Six contender to a Lone Star State sloth, but he may thrive in Dallas with their style of play. The Bruins on the other hand, traded potential upside for a veteran presence who is not affraid to get physical and will fit in well with the Claud Julien system.
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