Two weeks ago, Boston sports were basically given the death sentence. The Boston Bruins lose a heartbreaker to the Blackhawks, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded, Ray Allen wins a championship in a Heat uniform, and then of course Aaron Hernandez disappoints millions with his actions. Since then the tables have turned drastically, as the Celtics hire a great, young coach in Brad Stevens, while the Bruins complete a monster trade with the Dallas Stars.
Here is exactly what the final trade product looks like:
Boston Bruins trade:
1. Tyler Seguin
2. Rich Peverley
3. Ryan Button
Dallas Stars trade:
1. Loui Eriksson
2. Joe Morrow
3. Reilly Smith
4. Matt Fraser
(In the process, the Bruins will be $9,003,690 dollars under the salary cap, per @ShawnHutcheon)
For those fans who don’t know much about Loui Eriksson I will put it this way, he just became one of the top three forwards for the Bruins, and he hasn’t skated a second for them. He is a superb talent, who will make an instant impact as soon as the Bruins season starts.
Loui Eriksson Point Totals
These are very impressive numbers, as he just seems to keep getting better over time (this past season was a shortened season). He participated in the NHL All-Star game in 2011, where he had two goals and two assists for the game.
Matt Fraser is a 6’2 207lb. (23 years old) Left Winger who played for the Texas Stars in the AHL last season, where he put up very decent numbers (33-12-46 through 62 games). He did appear in twelve games for the Dallas Stars, where he would register one goal, along with two assists.
Joe Morrow was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011 (23rd overall). He is 6’1 defensemen who played five seasons for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, one season with the Wilkes-Barre of the AHL before being trading to the Stars for Brendan Morrow.
Reilly Smith is a 6’0 Right Winger, who was drafted in 2009 out of Miami University. More than likely, Smith will be playing for Providence, but should be a decent fit in their system.
What the Bruins are losing:
Tyler Seguin is still a young player in this league (21), who just couldn’t really find his niche will the defensive system that the Bruins run. Many believe that the Bruins let Seguin go entirely too early in his career, but honestly he just hasn’t been producing the way the Bruins hoped for. In the past post-season, Seguin didn’t really get going until the Stanley Cup Finals, which barred the question, “where was this early on in the playoffs?” His highest point total for the Bruins came in the 201-2012 season, where he would register a total of 30 points (was also selected to the NHL All-Star team). There is no question that Seguin could turn out to be an outstanding talent in this league, but the Bruins just weren’t willing to play the waiting game with him.
Rich Peverley to this point had been nothing more than a disappointment to the team, as he would disappear for games at a time. Throughout the most recent post-season, Peverley wasn’t close to performing at the level most thought he would, but he did have some crucial games for the Bruins at the faceoff circle. This wasn’t a surprise to most, as everyone saw that Peverley would probably be shipped out at some point this off-season.
Ryan Button was a young defenseman, playing for the Providence Bruins this past season. He appeared in 25 games this past season, and registered an overall (-2) for the season, while also laying a goose egg in the points department. He is a project type player at this point, and will need to work hard before he can land NHL ice time.
For some fans this trade hurts because of the potential that Seguin has, but the Bruins just aren’t willing to wait any longer. The B’s got a player in Eriksson in return, and cleared up a bunch of cap space in the process, so this trade makes sense in a lot of ways.