The Bruins trading Tyler Seguin doesn’t sound like a deal that bodes well for the team. A player who scored 29 goals and put up 67 points in his second season in the NHL at the age of 20, Seguin had loads of potential as a hockey player.
That said, the Thursday trade that sent Seguin to the Dallas Stars worked in the Bruins favor. Exchanging an aggregate $9-million in cap space between Seguin ($5.75m) and Rich Peverley ($3.25m) for the $4.25-million price tag that comes with forward Loui Eriksson.
Oh, and by the way – Eriksson is no slouch either.
A 27-year old left-shot wing that can play the right side (and will play the right side for the Bruins), Eriksson has averaged 29.5 goals and 69.5 points over the last four full NHL seasons. He’s missed just three games going back to the start of the 2008-2009 season.
“He’s going to be a guy that [Bruins coach] Claude Julien will look down the bench and can put him in any situation,” said Bruins analyst Bob Beers on Sports Sunday. “He’s a coach’s type of dream.”
With the combination of skill, physicality, hockey IQ, and scoring touch, Eriksson will provide the black and gold with the type of player the franchise hasn’t seen since the days of Glen Murray, who averaged 32.6 goals over a five season stretch between 2001-2002 and 2006-2007, and was the last Bruin to top the 40-goal plateau when he lit the lamp 44 times in the 2002-2003 campaign.
For more of what Beers had to say, click the video above.