Boston Bruins Press Release: “Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 4, that the club has acquired forwards Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and defenseman Joe Morrow from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forwards Rich Peverley Tyler Seguin and defenseman Ryan Button.”
With speculation that Bruins forward Tyler Seguin could be on the trade block hitting the social media world earlier this week – the Bruins made it official on Thursday afternoon. Seguin paired with occasional line-mate Rich Peverley will be heading to Dallas come the fall. While Boston will see the talents of Loui Eriksson take the ice.
In an early evening conference call, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli noted that despite reports of Seguin’s off-ice behavior it was ultimately a business decision. Calling Seguin a “good kid, with good heart”, Chiarelli will look forward to rebuilding his team’s lacking right wing slot. Better suited for center, a position that fans should expect to see Seguin excelling at within the Dallas system, Eriksson is a natural winger with a good shot and perfect release. Hopefully Eriksson will bring that perfection to a position that Boston has been lacking.
In addition to the top name swaps, the Stars will see the talents of young defensemen Ryan Button who spent a majority of the season on the Providence Bruins scratch list. Boston will have Matt Fraser a player noted for his terrific release challenging for a roster spot at development camp. Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith will likely see ice time with the Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence.
While this is the first major trade to happen during the off-season, it certainly won’t be the last. Free agency begins tomorrow and the market is ridden with talent – let the frenzy begin.