July 4, 2013

Report: B's swap Seguin for Stars' Eriksson in blockbuster

By Jesse Connolly

So much for Tyler Seguin being off the trading block. (Getty Images)

UPDATE: The deal is final. Here's what each side gets: BOS- Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser; DAL - Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Ryan Button 

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that the Bruins and Stars are closing in on a potential seven-player deal that'd be centered around Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli made it clear that Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, was on the trading block when he met with the media last week during the NHL Draft. Rumors were swirling that No. 19 was on his way out of town -- possibly to Tampa or Calgary -- for a high first-round pick and a prospect.

But when Chiarelli insisted that the winger has to be "more professional" going forward, it seemed as though last weekend's drama would only result in a stern warning. Add in the fact that Nathan Horton may have thrown a wrench in their plans with his looming departure, and it appeared Seguin was safe.

Now, things have turned dramatically. Word is that Rich Peverley and a trio of Dallas prospects are part of this potential blockbuster.

Peverley struggled during the playoffs, scoring only two goals. But hey, that's double what Seguin managed, as the young forward that scored 29 goals in 2011-12 tallied just once in 22 postseason games this spring.

Eriksson had 70-plus points in each of the last three full NHL seasons. The Swedish winger can play both sides up front, is underrated offensively -- especially given the glaring lack of high-end talent around him -- and is a strong defensive player. He might not possess gritty style that we all (too often) refer to as "Bruins hockey," but his two-way game make him an incredible asset.

Eriksson is reportedly waiving his no-trade clause to make the deal happen. He's on the books for three more seasons at $4.25M per year. Seguin's six-year extension, which carries a $5.75M cap hit, kicks in this fall.

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