Bruins trade Tyler Seguin to Stars in 7-player deal

Bruce Bennett

The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have completed a blockbuster trade that is centered around Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson.

The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have completed a substantial trade that is centered around the exchange of Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

Boston will be sending Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to Dallas for Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith.

Seguin has been involved in trade rumors since before the NHL Draft. General manager Peter Chiarelli expressed his disappointment in Seguin and stated that he needed to be a better professional. This was an indication that the organization might have had real intentions to deal Seguin in event of a quality offer presenting itself.

Apparently, Dallas was able to satisfy that need.

Eriksson was a player that had been involved in trade rumors. In fact, Brandon Worley of Defending Big D wrote about the 27-year-old forward's value in May:

Eriksson is one of the top forwards in the NHL, he's under contract for three more seasons at a ridiculously low price and from what we understand his no-trade clause does not begin until the 2013-2014 season. This makes Eriksson an incredibly valuable trade target and could be part of a trade that completely alters the course of this franchise.

Make no mistake, any trade involving Loui Eriksson would be one hell of a blockbuster.

Blockbuster, indeed.

Seguin now becomes the highest paid player on the Stars (in terms of his annual average value) and has five years remaining on a six-year, $34.5 million contract. Peverley still has two years remaining on a three-year, $9.75 million deal.

The 27-year-old Eriksson has three years remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million contract, while Smith and Fraser still have one year remaining on their deals. They both will be restricted free agents next summer.

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