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The Boston Bruins have traded center Tyler Seguin and winger Rich Peverley to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson and prospects Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.
Last week the word made its way around twitter that the Bruins were shopping Seguin before and during the draft, but as the draft came and went without a deal being made, many reporters suggested the rumors were only meant to give Seguin a wake-up call (no pun intended) that he needs to start playing up to his potential.
Well, as the saying goes "where there's smoke, there's fire," and this situation certainly escalated into a full inferno.
Coupled with GM Peter Chiarelli's scathing comments, in which Chiarelli blasted Seguin saying he had to be more "professional," it has all come full circle: Tyler Seguin has been jettisoned to Dallas for a package of players.
CSNNEs Joe Haggerty already has the Bruins 'sources' firing shots square at Seguin showcasing the immaturity and lack of commitment that forced the Bruins to send him packing
According to sources around the team, Seguin was out late in Toronto during the road trip to play the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and the team had to hold a sit-down with the immature forward about his commitment to the team. Seguin showed up each day at the Air Canada Centre wearing the same clothes for three straight days and played badly in Games 3 and 4 of the first round against Toronto.
Yikes. Expect a lot more 'sources' coming out that backup what Chiarelli stated just a few days prior.
Rich Peverley was also packaged in the deal and will be sent to Dallas. Peverley did not have a strong year at all. When Chiarelli said they would not use their compliance buyouts, with Rich Peverley being an obvious choice to use it on, many suggested that the B's would look to trade Pevs instead. And that's exactly what happened.
In return, the Bruins get Loui Eriksson and three prospects, one being Joe Morrow, who you might remember as the main piece going back to Dallas from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Brendan Morrow.
From what I've seen on twitter, Loui Eriksson is a seriously underrated player, as playing in Dallas can put players in the shadows when it comes to being nationally recognized.
loui eriksson great 2-way forward with very nice $4.25 m cap hit. Hugely underrated player, no maintenance
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) July 4, 2013
The fact that the Bruins got their new right-wing to replace Nathan Horton and three top prospects, and clear almost $4 million off the cap, this looks like a good trade for both sides.
Clearing more money off the cap now allows Chiarelli to sign goalie UFA Tuukka Rask and forward Patrice Bergeron.
And finally! A real, prime-time, legit blockbuster deal in the NHL. We haven't seen one of this in a long time.
Check back for more at Bruinslife.com as we break down this trade more and cover all of the happenings when free agency starts tomorrow.