Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired centers Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button from the Boston Bruins in exchange for left wing Loui Eriksson, right wings Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser and defenseman Joe Morrow.
Seguin (SAY-gihn), 21, finished tied for third on Boston with 32 points (16G-16A=32P) while appearing in all of the team's 48 games. He finished tied for seventh in the League with a +23 plus/minus rating and his 16 goals were second most on Boston.
Amongst those selected in his 2010 NHL Draft class, he leads all players in regular season games played (203) and is third in goals, assists and points (56G-65A=121P). Over the last two seasons, his +57 plus/minus rating is second in the League behind only Boston's Patrice Bergeron.
A three-year veteran, Seguin has already appeared in 42 career postseason games earning 18 points (6G-12A=18P). Of that experience, 12 of the games have come in the Stanley Cup Final where he won in 2011 and lost in 2013. During the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, Seguin posted an assist in four out of the six games (0G-4A=4P)
"Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come," said Nill. "A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we're thrilled to bring him into our organization."
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound native of Brampton, Ontario was originally selected by Boston in the first round (2nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.
Peverley, 30, posted 18 points (6G-12A=18P) in 47 regular season games for Boston in 2012-13. He finished second on the team in faceoff percentage (58.4%) and averaged 1:54 of shorthanded time on ice per game.
A seven-year veteran, Peverley has posted 211 points (77G-134A=211P) in 380 career regular season games with Nashville, Atlanta and Boston. He has appeared in the Stanley Cup Final twice, winning in 2011, accumulating 21 points (9G-12A=21P) in 59 career postseason contests.
"Rich is an extremely reliable center that is great in the faceoff circle and will help us as a puck possession team," said Nill. "Being able to add two centermen in this deal will solidify a very important position, while allowing Jamie Benn to return to his natural spot at wing."
The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Kingston, Ontario was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Nashville on Jan. 17, 2007. He was claimed off waivers by Atlanta from Nashville on Jan. 10, 2009. He was then acquired by Boston along with Boris Valabik from Atlanta in exchange for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart on Feb. 18, 2011.
Button, 22, appeared in 25 games for the Providence Bruins last season, Boston's top affiliate in the AHL, recording 15 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman has played 95 games as a professional hockey player, posting nine points (1G-8A=9P) in his time with Providence (AHL), Reading (ECHL), and South Carolina (ECHL). The Edmonton, Alberta native was originally selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round (86th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Eriksson, 27, registered 357 points (150G-207A=357P) in 501 regular season games over the course of seven seasons with Dallas. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound native of Gothenburg, Sweden was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft.
Smith, 22, posted nine points (3G-6A=9P) in 40 career regular season games in parts of two seasons with Dallas. The 6-foot, 185-pound native of Toronto, Ontario was originally selected by Dallas in the third round (69th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Fraser, 23, has appeared in 13 career regular season games with Dallas in parts of two seasons producing three points (1G-2A=3P). The 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Red Deer, Alberta was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent on Nov. 17, 2010.
Morrow, 20, played 66 games in the AHL last season, skating for both the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate) and the Texas Stars (Dallas' AHL affiliate). The 6-foot-1, 204-pound defenseman earned 19 points (5G-14A=19P) and 39 penalty minutes for both clubs. The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta was acquired by Dallas on March 24, 2013 along with a fifth round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for Brenden Morrow and a third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Joe Morrow was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.
"We want to thank Loui, Reilly, Matt and Joe for all they've done for our organization," stated Nill. "It isn't easy parting with such quality people, but to do a deal of this magnitude, you need to give to get. We wish those players the best of luck, but at the same time, we're very excited with the future of our franchise and feel as if we've established a quality core of centers that you need to have in order to succeed in this League."
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