Analyzing the effects of the Tyler Seguin Trade

DALLAS, TEXAS - MARCH 07: Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars skates the puck against Ryan Johansen #92 of the Nashville Predators in the third period at American Airlines Center on March 07, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

On July 4, 2013, a 21-year-old Tyler Seguin was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars. A modern-day example of a lopsided trade, the Stars developed Seguin into a legit stud and soon made deep playoff runs after his arrival. The Bruins still had success, but obviously, the team in 2021 would love to go back on this trade. Seguin is the catalyst that rejuvenated a team at the bottom of the division. In this piece, I will be breaking down every member of the seven-player Tyler Seguin trade and the impact on the Bruins and Stars.

Tyler Seguin

Considering every NHL fandom mocks the Bruins because of this trade, Seguin is the most significant piece. He had 121 points through 203 games with the Bruins, including a 67 point year in 2011-12. In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup Final, only to lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Seguin had 8 points in 22 postseason games that year.

The decision to move on from Seguin likely stems from Eriksson’s veteran status in the league. He was the Stars alternate captain and was consistently putting up around 70 points every season. However, Seguin blew up once he got to Dallas. He has led the Stars in scoring in four different seasons over his eight years with the team. He has 516 points in 541 games with the Stars, slightly less than a point-per-game.

Seguin also caught bad press because of his constant partying when he was with Boston. His father told the Toronto Stars that the partying irked the Bruins to the point that they traded him.

“Him having a good time occasionally, and it being in the media, this was something that the Bruins thought should never happen,” Seguin’s father said. “Even if it happened once or twice or three times, the Bruins didn’t like this happening even once.”

The Stars look great for making this trade mainly because Eriksson started rapidly declining once he became 30. Seguin took a huge step forward in Dallas, as he was under contract and playing well. All Stars management had to do was let Seguin play and give him meaningful minutes. He was perfect for the direction of the franchise. Seguin will be fully healthy this season and will look to lead the Stars back into the playoffs.

Rich Peverley

The second player to go to Dallas was center Rich Peverley. A long-time journeyman player, Peverley was a solid bottom-six forward that could win faceoffs and had adequate scoring ability. He had his best seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers posting 55 points during the 2009-10 season. He was later traded to Boston, in which he posted a 40-point season in 2011-12, averaging around 17 minutes of ice time. The following year he had a significant fall-off in production and became expendable.

With the Stars, Peverly had 30 points through 62 games but decided to retire after a scary injury against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period of the game, causing Stars’ players to take to the ice during a play. Then coach Lindy Ruff carried Peverley’s lifeless body to the entranceway ramp to receive resuscitation. He woke up quickly after that and even wanted to get back into the lineup. The game was ultimately postponed.

Peverley discovered he had an irregular heartbeat that was corrected after surgery. After his retirement, Peverley was signed to the Stars front office. He was promoted in May of 2021 to become the Director of Player Personnel.

Ryan Button

Button was the final player acquired by the Stars in the trade. He was a former third-round pick by the Bruins in the 2009 draft. Unfortunately for him, he has not been able to reach the NHL. He has been close, playing four seasons in the American Hockey League, but his last stint with the Texas Stars was in 2013-14. In that season, Button only had three points in 26 games and 31 penalty minutes. He plays in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, DEL, for the Wolfsburg Grizzley Adams. Button has one point through nine games this season.

Loui Eriksson

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The second biggest component of this trade went to the Boston Bruins. Eriksson is a finesse player who is well-respected for the skills that he has. Even though he had an off-year during the 2012-13 lockout season, Bruins management brought him in because of veteran leadership. Eriksson was a rookie during the last years of Marty Turco and Brendan Morrow leading the Stars to the playoffs.

Eriksson struggled in his first year in Boston, missing 21 games due to two separate concussions. He had 37 points through 61 games and his average ice time fell drastically. The Bruins would be eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, with Eriksson only tallying 5 points in 12 games. In 2015-16, his second season in Boston, he only posted 47 points in 81 games. The Bruins would miss the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Eriksson would tally 63 points in his final season in Boston, but the Bruins decided to not re-sign the veteran winger in free agency.

He signed with the Vancouver Canucks on a six-year, $36 million deal. After only playing one full 82-game season with the Canucks, he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes.

Reilly Smith

Smith was drafted by Dallas in the third round of the 2009 NHL draft. He barely played with the Stars, so not much was expected of him in Boston. He had a breakout 2013-14 season, by posting 51-points. Smith followed that up with a 40-point season in 2014-15 but would be traded to the Florida Panthers for Jimmy Hayes during the offseason. In a similar situation to Seguin, Boston management wanted to focus on the bottom six to be more gritty and heavy hitters. Smith didn’t fit, despite production well, and was shipped off.

Joe Morrow

Morrow was a former first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011. He was traded with a 2013 fifth-round pick to the Stars for Brenden Morrow and a 2013 third-round pick. Morrow was traded for a second time within the offseason, going to the Bruins with the Seguin trade. The defenseman was a terror in the AHL with the Providence Bruins after the trade. In 2013-14 he scored 29 points through 56 games and had 12 points through 33 games in 2014-15. Morrow was called up by the Bruins that same year but was never able to escape his role as a depth defenseman. He last played in the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2018-19 season.

Matt Fraser

Fraser was a star in the AHL when he was traded to the Bruins. During the 2011-12 AHL season, he scored 55 points through 73 games with the Texas Stars. Fraser was called up multiple times by the Dallas Stars but played a total of 13 games over four years with the organization. He scored 30 points in 44 games with the Providence Bruins in 2013-14, enough to justify his call-up to the NHL. Unfortunately, he never found his footing in the NHL, only playing 38 games in Boston. Fraser played 36 games with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2014-15 season, but could not crack an NHL roster after that. He now plays with Klagenfurt AC in Austria and hasn’t played pro hockey in North America since 2016.

Who Won the Seguin Trade?

I think the ruling is unanimous that the Stars won the trade. Seguin has been the difference-maker in Dallas. As we saw from last season, his injury was a major reason why the team missed the playoffs. Relatively speaking, the Stars were still rebuilding and lost some prospects that were good in the AHL. The skill did not translate into the NHL as most of the players involved in the trade are either retired or playing overseas. Oddly enough, Seguin and Smith are the only two under NHL contract, I don’t count Eriksson because he will likely not play for Arizona.

In Boston’s attempt to rejigger instead of rebuild, it cost a talent who is a key player on another team. Without Seguin, the Stars would miss on a top scorer who is consistently leading team point totals. As the players in the trade begin to age, it becomes clearer that the Stars came out ahead.

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