|Loui Eriksson - LW|
|6'2" 196 lbs||Born: July 17, 1985|
|Shoots: Left||From: Gothenburg, Sweden|
BOSTON – In a Fourth of July shocker, the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars made a deal on Thursday afternoon involving multiple players that will send Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Swedish winger Loui Eriksson along with a host of prospects.
The 21-year-old Bruins forward was coming off a down season where he managed 16 goals and 32 points during an inconsistent regular season, and then was dropped to the third line during the playoffs while producing just a single goal in 22 games. Above and beyond the lackluster performance on the ice during the Stanley Cup playoffs, there were concerns about Seguin’s activity off the ice.
According to sources around the team, Seguin was out late in Toronto during the road trip to play the Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and the team had to hold a sit-down with the immature forward about his commitment to the team. Seguin showed up each day at the Air Canada Centre wearing the same clothes for three straight days and played badly in Games 3 and 4 of the first round against Toronto.
That incident coupled with stories of Seguin’s late night partying during the regular season prompted Peter Chiarelli to say that “[Seguin] needs to become more of a professional” during a tirade at draft weekend. The Bruins attempted to deal Seguin to the Calgary Flames last weekend, but ultimately Flames ownership squashed any deals for the six-year, $5.75 million contract for Seguin while they go through a full rebuild with inexpensive, youthful players.
All of these questions about Seguin’s off-the-ice attitude and Boston’s tight cap situation prompted them to keep pursuing deals for the talented youngster, and there’s little doubt that Special Assistant to the GM Mark Recchi had prominent involvement in getting his former B’s teammate to Dallas.
Swedish forward Loui Eriksson, young defenseman Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser will be headed back to Boston in the swap of superstar players. Defensemen prospect Ryan Button will also be sent with Seguin and Peverley to Dallas in the blockbuster deal.
The 27-year-old Eriksson is the key to the deal for Boston. He's averaged 29.5 goals and 69.5 points in each of his last four full seasons, which are the totals Seguin met in his last year as an All-Star in 2011-12. Eriksson is a natural left wing, but he plays a strong two-way game that will immediately ingratiate himself with his Bruins teammates, and is a heady player with a Lady Byng Trophy already on his NHL resume.