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After his team fell just short of a second Stanley Cup championship in three years, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli completed a blockbuster trade with the Dallas Stars to bolster Boston for another run next season.
The Bruins sent forward Tyler Seguin, center Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for forward Loui Eriksson and prospects Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow, both teams announced Thursday.
With Boston deep at center, the deal brings in one of the game's more underrated wingers in Eriksson, who had to waive his no-trade clause to move to Boston. The 27-year-old Swede had 12 goals in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season and typically can be counted on to push 30 goals and 70 points during a normal season.
"Loui's a big, strong skating, left-shot right wing," Chiarelli told the Bruins' official website. "He can play both sides, but he would be playing right wing for us. He's had four [straight] seasons of 25-plus goals. We got a real good two-way player.
"It's been well-documented, we've got to rebuild our right side so he's the first piece. We are going to have a couple younger guys challenging him. We may go out and get another guy, too."
The move clears cap space for the Bruins. Seguin comes with a salary-cap hit of $5.75 million through the 2018-19 season, and Peverley's cap hit is $3.25 million per season through 2014-15. Eriksson's annual cap hit (all per CapGeek.com) is $4.25 million through 2015-16.
Asked if the Bruins were fed up with Seguin's so-called off-ice issues, Chiarelli downplayed it.
"I don't think so. I mean, we're talking about a good player," Chiarelli said. "Our job -- my job as a manager, our coaches' job -- we have to get the best out of our players, I have to supply them with players, he has to get the best out of them. No player is perfect, either as a player or an individual. All his stuff mushrooms into a proliferation of items on social media and I get overwhelmed by the number of stuff that comes out. Maybe some of it is true, but I know not all of it is true. And this kid -- Tyler is a 21-year-old, he is a good kid, he's got a good heart and he is going to continue to grow up."
The Bruins had been shopping Seguin prior to the draft, so when the trade was announced Thursday afternoon, it did not come as a shock.
"I definitely heard the rumors," Seguin said during a conference call. "When the trade was announced, I don't know if I was surprised. As far as the professional comments, I talked with Peter about it right after the trade happened. I come to the rink every day and act professional and work my hardest. My first three years so far have been a big learning curve and I look forward to getting better every day and I'm more motivated coming to a great city like Dallas."
For the Stars, new GM Jim Nill has aggressively addressed the team's need at center while landing a talented young cornerstone in Seguin.
"Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come," Nill said. "A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we're thrilled to bring him into our organization."
Seguin was a disappointment offensively during the playoffs with just one goal in 22 games, but the 6-foot-1 21-year-old had 29 goals in 2011-12, and in 203 career NHL games, he has registered 121 points. The veteran Peverley is strong on faceoffs and is one year removed from putting up 42 points in 57 games for the Bruins.
Information from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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