Blockbuster Trade: Dallas, Boston Swap Stars


On Thursday, the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars pulled off the first blockbuster trade of the summer in the NHL.

Boston agreed to sent centers Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley and defenesman Ryan Button to Dallas for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser and defenseman Joe Morrow.

The move will open some cap flexibility for the Bruins. Seguin’s cap hit is $5.75 million through the 2018-19 season,  Peverley’s cap hit is $3.25 million through 2014-15. Eriksson’s cap hit is $4.25 million through 2015-16. The other four players involved in the deal are prospects; Morrow was acquired by Dallas from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline this season.

Seguin, 21, is the biggest name in the deal. He had 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) and was plus-23 during the short 2013 regular season, but scored only one goal with seven assists in 22 postseason games for the Bruins.

Peverley, who will turn 31 on July 8, scored six goals and added 12 assists during the regular season, and had only two points – both goals – in the playoffs.

Button, 22, had zero points in 25 games with Boston’s AHL affiliate, Providence, during the 2012-13 season.

Eriksson, who will turn 28 on July 17, posted 12 goals with 17 assists in the regular season for Dallas. He had scored at least 26 goals in each of the four previous seasons with the Stars, who selected him 33rd overall in 2003.

Morrow, 20, was the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 Draft by the Penguins. Split between the AHL affiliates of Pittsburgh and Dallas this year, Morrow posted five goals and 14 assists.

Smith, 22, had three goals and six assists in 37 NHL games last season with Dallas. Fraser, 23, had 33 goals and 13 assists with Dallas’ AHL affiliate this season, and added one goal and two assists in 12 NHL games.

15 thoughts on “Blockbuster Trade: Dallas, Boston Swap Stars

  • July 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    IMO a brutal deal for the bruins…very tough to lose two good centres…Seguin is a great young talent…boston won’t be the same for awhile. They swung for the fences and missed.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:10 am


    Hey batta batta batta hey batta batta batta SWING batta!
    He can’t hit, and He can’t hit, and He can’t hit, and He can’t hit, SWING batta!

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Not exactly sure what Boston was thinking besides shedding salary. Wonder if the Bruins will be in on one of the big forwards this free agency Iggy? Clarkson?

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Note: Dallas also acquired Shawn Horcoff from Edmonton in a trade on the 4th. Nice day of work for the Stars.

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Also – if you think the Seguin trade was wholly one-sided, you need to watch more of Loui Eriksson. He’s a fantastic forward, and Boston is clearing cap space to go get a veteran (Daniel Alfredsson?)

  • July 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Is the Giroux deal the template for both Toews and Kane — 8.275 million for 8 years? Is there any indication that both would take slightly less either 7.5 or 8 or even this amount next year because both realize they want to win and need a competitive team around them next year. I feel Toews and Kane both need to make the same amount for “ego” purposes, but I also feel both want to win so is 500 K less a year reasonable. I don’t make 8 million a year so I can’t tell you. Realistically, 500 K less one year doesn’t sound bad…4 million less over 8 years sounds worse.

    The Seguin trade seems bad for the Bruins because he was one player who would focus on offense first…granted this didn’t help them in the finals. Plus Lucic disappeared until the playoffs making the #1 line an offensive juggernaut at that time, but not before. A line of Eriksson, Bergeron, Marchand will be a two-way nightmare because all three have enough offensive skill to be sick. However, Seguin was probably the only internal option to slide to the first line to replace Horton. With the salary cap dump, I have to believe the Bruins are targeting someone. Clarkson, IMO, will still be too rich for them. Alfie or even Iginla (OMG!) might make sense here. Also, their D corps could use someone else, although they are probably going to count on some of the minor league depth for that.

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Boston got a heck of a package. I like the deal for them. Sometimes in sports we are guilty of falling too in love with our perceived “superstars.” Seguin is immensely talented, but Boston was obviously unhappy with his progression and also it appears his maturity. They are a very smart franchise so I will defer to their assessment. Ericksson fits like a glove on that team, plus 2 hi end prospects go to Boston too.

    Still not sold on what Dallas is ever doing. They seem to change strategy more than they so underwear. A bit schizo.

  • July 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I kinda like the deals on both sides.

    Boston dumps a long contract and get a great fwd in Eriksson. Dallas gets young Star pair with Benn for the forseeable future, and Perverly isn’t shabby either.

    One of the rare moments a trade just works for both teams well. (time may say something different, but it looks ok for now).

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Dallas is building down the middle. Pretty obvious, no?

    So Boston trades away Seguin, perhaps in part because of his partying ways… Sounds like what a lot of people in Chicago wanted Stan to do with Kane.

    Definitely seems like a deal that should work out for both teams.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Heard Hawks signed Zus…

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Now they need to dump 13 and 17!!!

    Going after Tim Thomas???

    that guy is too old!!! didn’t they learn from Turco mistake!

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    just saw hawks resigned Zeus n Rosy. wonder where that leaves the young guys.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Rozy is back with the Hawks. So is Zus.

  • July 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Zus- $1m — Rosey – around ??? $2M- ???

    25 is going to Preds.

    leaves $3.8M – for 16 and goalie… hearing Tim Thomas Rumor??? Turco 2.0???

    + we they Can always put Hayes/Morin down for $1.8M

  • July 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Rozy is back.

    I have to go through with this, but don’t worry. You won’t get hurt–
    your equipment should protect you.

    “Bob Mckenzie”
    Being on the same team as you is all the padding I need, Rosie.

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