Blockbuster: Boston sends Seguin, Peverley to Dallas for Eriksson, prospects
Apparently those Tyler Seguin trade rumors at the NHL Entry Draft were more than just talk.
The Boston Bruins have sent Seguin, Rich Peverley and minor-leaguer Ryan Button to Dallas in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow (a key return from the Brenden Morrow trade), 2009 third-rounder Reilly Smith and 23-year-old winger Matt Fraser.
The biggest storyline is Boston moving Seguin, the former No. 2 overall pick and key acquisition from the highly-publicized Phil Kessel trade.
While the return for Seguin is significant, Boston trading away its leading scorer from two years ago is a major gamble.
Seguin, who turned 21 in January, has superstar-level talent. That said, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli recently expressed concern about Seguin’s maturity level and ability to grow as a player.
“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli said, per the Boston Globe. “He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did.
“He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that.”
This came after Seguin slogged through a disappointing playoff, scoring just one goal in 22 games while being reduced to third-line duty.
Peverley, meanwhile, had a tough 2013 campaign, scoring just 18 points in 47 games while boasting an ugly minus-9 rating. His ice time went down to 15:15 per night and he had just two points in 21 playoff games.
CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty confirmed Peverley waived his no-trade clause to join the Stars.
Peverley had been a solid contributor for Boston prior to the lockout-shortened season. He scored 12 points during the ’11 Cup run and averaged over 21 minutes per game in Boston’s first-round loss to Washington in 2011-12.
As for Dallas, this marks the first bold, signature move from general manager Jim Nill.
“Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come,” Nill said in a statement. “A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we’re thrilled to bring him into our organization.”
While there is a history between Boston and Dallas from the Jaromir Jagr deal, that move was orchestrated by ex-Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. Nill’s only other significant transaction thus far was acquiring defenseman Sergei Gonchar from Ottawa, then inking him to a two-year, $10 million deal.
It’s likely that Seguin’s and Peverley’s former Bruins teammate, Mark Recchi, had a role in this deal -- he was hired as one of Dallas’ front-office advisors in mid-January.
In Eriksson, Boston gets an elite winger who shoots left, but can play both sides.
He scored at least 70 points in each of his last three full seasons (2009-12), made the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and scored 29 points in 48 games last year.
Eriksson, 27, has spent his entire seven-year career in Dallas and served as one of the Stars’ alternate captains. He has waived his no-trade clause to accept the move to Boston, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Important to note Eriksson has three years remaining on his six-year, $25.5 million deal, and his average annual cap hit -- $4.25 million -- is significantly less than Seguin’s $5.75 million, which kicks in next season.
Regarding the other pieces Boston acquired:
-- Morrow, 20, was Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (23rd overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He split last season between AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Texas, and tied for the Stars’ team goalscoring lead in the playoffs.
-- Smith, 22, scored nine points in 37 games for Dallas last year, and 35 points in 45 games for AHL Texas.
-- Fraser appeared in 12 games for Dallas last year, but did finish second in the AHL in goals last year, with 33.