Bruins: Ryan Button



So, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wasn't just sending a message to Tyler Seguin after all.

Instead, he sent the 21-year-old forward packing and shipped him to the Dallas Stars, along with forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button, in exchange for forward Loui Eriksson and prospects Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.

The blockbuster deal ends Seguin's subpar three-year career in Boston. He never really lived up to expectations while in a Bruins sweater, and now, his $5.75 million cap hit per season is off the books.

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Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, struggled to produce offensively on a consistent basis. In 203 regular-season games for the Bruins, he scored 56 goals and added 65 assists for 121 points. In 42 playoff games, he had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points.

He helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011 with a big series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. This spring, though, he struggled and had only one goal and seven assists in 22 games as the Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the finals.

Seguin had a hard time using his speed to his advantage, and opponents controlled him by keeping him to the perimeter, which made his shot useless.

The Bruins are moving him while he's young and relatively healthy, and Chiarelli was able to get a good deal in return.

Chiarelli criticized Seguin last weekend at the NHL draft, saying the forward needed to become a better pro. Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron had his former linemate's back, but understood what the GM meant.

"I think Tyler's a young guy still and he's got a lot to learn," Bergeron said. "At the same time, he's improved a lot. At that stage, when you're learning like that, that's going to happen, you need to make sure you learn from it and find a way to get better. That's the main thing with him, it's about him finding ways to battle through it, find ways and build some character out of it. He's a terrific player, a terrific person, but sometimes you need to have some lows to get back up and feel better and play better.

"I thought he was really good the way he helped us. He found a way even though he wasn't scoring as much as he would like to. He was still battling hard and doing things, the little details that you don't always see on the score sheet, but it wasn't going unnoticed from us as players and teammates. He's a terrific young player, so he's going to learn."

As for the other players in the deal:

Eriksson, 27, is a solid left winger and posted 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points in 48 games for the Stars this season.

Smith, 22, can play either wing and posted three goals and six assists for nine points in 37 games.

Morrow, 20, is a solid, puck-moving defenseman and spent this past season at the AHL level.

Fraser, 20, is a left winger and spent the majority of the season in the AHL, but did play in 12 games for Dallas.

Bruins sign defenseman Button

May, 4, 2011
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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins announced today they have signed defenseman Ryan Button to an entry-level contract.

Button had five goals and 30 assists for 35 points in 69 WHL games this season with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Prince Albert Raiders. He was traded from Prince Albert to Seattle on January 10, 2011 in exchange for Charles Wells and a first round pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft. The
20-year-old ends his junior career with 16 goals and 97 assists for 113 points in 265 games.

He joined the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement on March 29, 2011 and appeared in seven games with the P-Bruins, registering one
assist.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, Button was drafted by Boston in the third round (86th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Stuart, Bruins close in on one-year deal

July, 8, 2010
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WILMINGTON -- Numerous reports surfaced Thursday that the Bruins and restricted free agent defenseman Mark Stuart were close to signing a one-year deal, and Stuart’s agent Matt Keator confirmed that late Thursday afternoon.

When asked if the reports were true, Keator said, “Yes, close.” Financial terms were not known.

The Bruins would still like to sign restricted free agent forwards Blake Wheeler and Gregory Campbell, as well as rookie Tyler Seguin. Chances are Stuart will be taking a bit of a discount to return to Boston so the Bruins can fit everyone under the salary cap.

Cunningham hopes for reunion with Lucic

When Craig Cunningham was drafted in the fourth round (97th overall) at the NHL Entry Draft last month, he already had a fan in the Bruins organization. Bruins winger Milan Lucic and Cunningham played together on the 2006-07 Vancouver Giants squad that won the Western Hockey League's Memorial Cup, and Lucic had been hounding the Bruins' brass and scouts to select his former teammate.

“I work out with him every day back home and he said he was hoping the Bruins would draft me and I’d end up in Boston,” Cunningham said Thursday after the team’s third day of development camp. “He was pushing them all year long. Then as soon as soon as I got drafted, he was texting me, ‘Congrats.’ Then on my first night back in Vancouver, we celebrated.”

Cunningham has an immense amount of respect for his former -- and possibly future -- teammate and hopes he can follow in his footsteps.

“He’s a pretty unique story,” Cunningham said of Lucic. “A guy that makes it in the lineup when no one really thought he would have a chance. So it’s an inspiration for a guy like me to see how hard he works and the way he comes to work every day and tries to get better. He’s really an idol of mine.”

Cunningham, who hails from Trail, British Columbia, said that Lucic has become quite popular back home, as he has in Boston. But as Cunningham pointed out, Lucic is still the same person who fought hard to get to where he is in his career.

“He’s ‘the guy’ in Vancouver like he is here in Boston,” Cunningham said. “I’ve seen him go from a guy just trying to make it to a star, and it’s really cool to watch. But at the same time he’s still the same guy and that’s important.

“I only got to play one season with him but obviously it was a memorable one because we won the Memorial Cup,” said Cunningham, who spent three more seasons with the Giants after Lucic left, finishing this past one with 97 points in 72 games. “It was amazing, in front of our own fans. The place was packed with 16,000 fans and it was just unbelievable. Hopefully Milan and I can do something like that again.”

Button a hot shot

Late in the first scrimmage of Bruins development camp, defenseman Ryan Button, who was selected in the third round (86th overall) by the Bruins in the 2009 draft, ripped a laser short-side past goaltender Michael Hutchinson, drawing huge applause from the bench and the stands. He also caught the attention of camp director and Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney.

“That was a heck of a shot,” Sweeney said with a smile after the scrimmage.

Button was happy with the praise but admitted he may never get such a perfect shot off again.

“Probably not,” he said. “A lot of the guys were joking with me and saying it was a good shot but it will never happen again. But I have been working on my shot and hopefully it can happen again.”

Button, who has played the last three seasons in the WHL, was just happy to be playing a scrimmage after all the team building and drills the prospects have gone through.

“It was great to scrimmage,” he said. “We’ve been asking a lot when we would and finally we did, so it felt great after all those drills.”

James Murphy has covered the Bruins and the NHL for the last eight seasons. He has written for NHL.com, NESN.com, Insidehockey.com and Le Hockey Magazine. Murphy also authors a blog, Drop Puck Murphy.

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