Earlier today, a common issue with the Dallas Stars remained the fact that they were quite limited with centres. Having Jamie Benn playing centre was a problem for Stars GM Jim Nill, and he knew that the team needed centres.
And boy, did he ever get em’!
On Thursday, the Dallas Stars traded long-time Star Loui Eriksson, and prospects Matt Fraser (F), Reilly Smith (F), and Joe Morrow (D) to Boston. In return, they received the young aspiring star centre Tyler Seguin, as well as Rich Peverley, who is also a solid centre, and AHL defensemen Ryan Button.
The clear key pieces of this trade were Tyler Seguin (16G, 16A, 48GP last season) and Loui Eriksson (12g, 17A, 48GP last season).
While Tyler Seguin is a promising young player with playoff experience and a Stanley Cup ring already under his belt, it is clear that the Stars paid handsomely for his services.
Loui Eriksson was always underrated during his tenure with the Stars. His efforts generally went unnoticed by anyone who wasn’t really a Stars fan. However, he played quite well for the Stars and seeing him go a to a city where he will be more under-the-spotlight is exciting for the winger. In addition, adding the promising youngsters Fraser and Ritchie really helps make the trade fair for both sides. Boston has plenty of firepower and centres and Dallas needed more; this trade is a long-term investment for both clubs and it seems like it will pay off.
Matt Fraser and Brett Ritchie are both promising prospects, but you’d be hard-pressed to compare them as equals to Seguin. While it is still early in each
of their careers, it is clear that out of all of them, Seguin is, so far, progressing fantastically.
Seguin signed a contract extension with the Bruins that extends until the 2018-19 season. If all goes well, him and Jamie Benn could create quite the dangerous duo in the Lone Star State.
Peverley, however, is only signed until the 2014-15 season, so his production should ultimately decide his fate with the Stars.
It’s all very exciting in Dallas nowadays, a new coach, a new GM, and new jerseys really create a refreshing turn of events that players really enjoy being a part of.
So, who won the trade? Shoot us a comment if you have an opinion on this mammoth trade!