Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarellie reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade with the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
After falling just short of a second Stanley Cup championship in three years, Chiarellie decided to clear cap space and bring in one of the game’s more underrated wingers, Loui Eriksson.
The Bruins sent forward Tyler Seguin, center Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for Eriksson, and prospects Reily Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.
Eriksson had to waive his no-trade clause to move to Boston. The 27-year-old Swede had 12 goals and 17 assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season.
According to ESPN, The move clears cap space for the Bruins. Seguin, who scored 29 goals in 2011-12, comes with a salary-cap hit of $5.75 million through the 2018-19 season, and Peverley’s cap hit is $3.25 million per season through 2014-15. Eriksson’s annual cap hit (all per CapGeek.com) is $4.25 million through 2015-16.
Earlier this week, Chiarelli said Seguin needed to become more of a professional.
“He’s got to commit his mind and focus to the one task at hand,” Chiarelli said, via Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe. “He’s got to become more of a professional. You know what? I can say that about a lot of 21-year-olds. I know he got criticized for playing on the periphery and all that stuff. He did. He’s got to commit to being a professional and focusing on the game. Simple as that. He does that, we don’t expect him to be crashing and banging. Just play your game.”