The Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins have finalized a blockbuster, seven-player trade that sees former second overall pick Tyler Seguin headed to the Stars and all-star winger Loui Eriksson headed to the Bruins.
In the full deal, the Stars acquire Seguin, centre Rich Peverley and defensive prospect Ryan Button in exchange for Loui Eriksson, blue-line prospect Joe Morrow and right-wingers Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser
The deal completely remakes a Stars' forward corps that new general manager Jim Nill admitted was in dire need of centres. The Stars wanted to move Jamie Benn back to left wing, but after losnig centres Brad Richards, Mike Ribeiro, Steve Ott and Derek Roy in recent years, they had no one else up the middle. Now they have Peverley and Seguin, and Benn goes back to the left side.
"I believe that’s his natural position,” Nill told the Dallas News.
Tyler Seguin's conduct in Boston had driven a wedge between him and GM Peter Chiarelli, who said “[Seguin] needs to become more of a professional” during draft weekend.
In return for moving Seguin, the Bruins get the quiet, professional Eriksson, as well as $4.5 million in cap space, which they can use to finalize their contract extension for Tuukka Rask and maybe solve the hole at right wing opening up with the potential departure of Nathan Horton. Eriksson is a left-winger.
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