Less than a week after Peter Chiarelli called out Tyler Seguin for not being professional enough, the Bruins have traded Seguin along with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in return for Loui Eriksson and three prospects. The move provides the Bruins with some cap relief and they get one of the league’s most underrated players as well.
Eriksson has netted 70+ point seasons in each of his last three seasons before the lockout-shortened season. In those years he scored 25-29 goals. Eriksson is also a very solid defensive forward, playing on both the power-play and penalty-kill, something only Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand do for the Bruins. Eriksson has very good hands, is a skilled passer but he also gets his share of goals. Eriksson isn’t very physical but is more so than Seguin, and will get sneaky goals around the net.
Many assumed that Peter Chiarelli’s comments about Tyler Seguin’s maturity and professionalism were tools to motivate the 21-year old winger to reach his potential. Perhaps it was. But maybe when the Stars came knocking and Loui Eriksson was in play the deal became too good for Chiarelli not to take.
The Bruins also got a few prospects in the deal, the most notable being Joe Morrow. Morrow was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft by the Penguins but was moved to Dallas in the Brendan Morrow deal. His AHL numbers imply he’s a defensive defensemen but he also has a nice shot and is developing on the power-play. Morrow will enter a tightly contested group of young defensemen so expect him to play in Providence for a year or two.
Tyler Seguin is due to make $5.75 million annually for the next six seasons, a price Chiarelli deemed to high for uncertain production. Coupled with Rich Peverley’s $3.25 million per year clearing the books the Bruins are now roughly $9 million under the cap, still needing to sign Tuukka Rask. This number is not factoring in Marc Savard‘s $4 million that will not be counted once Savard lands on LTIR. That leaves the Bruins $13 million to sign Rask, and one or two right wingers.
The move is good for all involved, the Stars get an impact forward who should become the face of their franchise. Seguin gets to restart in a market without as much pressure and likely return to his natural center position. He’ll be in an offense-first system and will not be held responsible defensively. Seguin will almost certainly flourish in Dallas. The Bruins get the best player in the trade at this current time in Loui Eriksson. Being in a big market the fans will start to see exactly how good he is. Eriksson gets a chance to fit in with a talented crew and show his stuff. Rich Peverley still get’s paid $3.25 million when he should be making half of that. Everybody wins.
Initially, the Bruins win this trade fairly easily, they get the best player in the deal, relieve cap space and get three solid prospects. In five years, if Seguin becomes a 35-goal scorer or point-per-game guy the Stars win, but with every game it was becoming clear that that wasn’t likely to happen for Seguin in Boston.