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.
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.