In a blockbuster move that seemed to come out of nowhere, Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin is headlining a package that will be headed to the Dallas Stars. Boston will send Seguin, along with center Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to Dallas in exchange for forward Loui Eriksson and a group of three prospects.
Seguin is the “big prize” in the deal, but the 21-year-old had a relatively disappointing season last year as Boston challenged for the Stanley Cup. He scored only one goal during Boston’s long playoff run, and seemingly, wore out his welcome in short order. He is signed for nearly $6 million a year through 2018-2019, however, and the Stars get a very young building block for their future.
The only NHL-ready player heading to Boston in the trade is Loui Eriksson, and he should help to solve some of their wing woes. He’s a very capable goal scorer (think 30 goals per season, for reference), and at 27 years old, this should be directly in the middle of the prime of his career. In addition, he is already cheaper than Seguin by himself, and the Bruins also shed the relatively high salary of Peverley in the deal.
Boston is firmly focused on another run to the Stanley Cup, and they clearly believe that this an upgrade on the ice. That fact is surely up for debate, but cellar-dwelling Dallas believes that they have a cornerstone of their future. Frankly, I love the deal for Dallas, and it only makes sense for Boston if Seguin was on the trade block for a reason. Stay tuned.