The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have made a blockbuster deal today, as Boston have sent forwards Rich Peverley, Ryan Button and Tyler Seguin to the Stars in return for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.
Seguin is 21 years old and the best days for him are ahead. He had just signed a long-term extension with the Bruins prior to the lockout that has him under contract through the end of the 2018-19 season at more than $5.75 million per year. The Bruins, however, are tight against the salary cap and need to work out a long-term contract extension for Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg. The Bruins selected Seguin with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, a pick they acquired as part of the blockbuster trade with Toronto that sent Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs.
Peverley had an abysmal 18 point season, and with a $3.25 million cap hit, the Bruins were looking to get rid of his contract in favor of signing Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask. His playoff run was not all too enticing, going 16 straight postseason contests without finding the back of the entering Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Peverley tallied a power-play marker in the first period to even the score at 1-1 after one period, however the Bruins went on to lose the match 6-5 in overtime. In 2007 he signed a contract with the Nashville Predators, playing for the team for parts of three seasons before the Atlanta Thrashers claimed him off waivers in 2009. Peverley first played internationally for Canada at the 2010 World Championships.
Button made his professional debut in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins during the 2010–11 season, and on May 4, 2011, the Boston Bruins signed Button to a three-year entry-level contract. He recorded no goals in 25 games with the Providence Bruins, as well as zero with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays.
Eriksson was drafted by Dallas in the second round of the 2003 draft. The forward posted 12 goals and 17 assists in 48 games last season and has three years remaining on the six-year, $25.5 million deal he signed in October of 2009. Eriksson had two goals and an assist in Sweden’s 3-0 victory over Finland in the IIHF World Championship semifinals and was a big reason, along with the Sedin brothers, that Sweden went on to defeat Switzerland in the finals to win the gold medal. Eriksson scored at least 25 goals in each of the past three full seasons and is a wonderful player that excels in all three zones and all situations.
Loui Eriksson agreed to waive his NTC a few hours ago
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2013
Morrow was drafted in the second round, 28th overall, of the 2007 WHL Bantham Draft by the Portland Winterhawks. On June 24, 2011 Morrow was selected 23rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Morrow was recalled to the National Hockey League for the first time on February 10, 2013, but did not play any games with the team. On March 24, 2013, Morrow was traded from the Penguins along with a 5th round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Brenden Morrow (no relation) and a 3rd round draft pick in the same draft. Split between the WBS Penguins and Texas Stars, Morrow posted five goals and 19 points in 66 games.
Smith played three seasons with NCAA Division I college hockey with the Miami RedHawks of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, forgoing his senior year. He scored 122 points in 121 games prior to signing his first professional contract with the Dallas Stars on March 25th, 2012.
The Stars signed Fraser as a free agent to a three-year entry level contract on November 17, 2010. Fraser started the 2011–12 season playing with the the Texas Stars, where he scored 21 goals in his first 40 games. Fraser was leading the team in scoring when, on January 24, 2012, he was called up to the Dallas Stars to make his NHL debut. After one game he was returned to Texas and finished with franchise high 37 goals, second in the League. on February 25, 2013, he earned his first career NHL goal against the Nashville Predators with Pekka Rinne in net and added two more goals before ending up back with Texas.
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