Trade completed between the Bruins and Stars changes everything

Joshua Deeds
July 5, 2024  (5:59 PM)

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The Boston Bruins at one point inadvisably had GM Peter Chiarelli on staff, which resulted in one of the worst trades in team history.

The blockbuster trade was a 7 player transaction, as on this day the Bruins sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars.

On July 4th, they would send Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, and Ryan Button to Dallas in exchange for Reilly Smith, Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow.
On this day in 2013: Boston traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to Dallas for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser. #NHLBruins #TexasHockey #NHL

The trade would occur ten days after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, and Dallas pretty much stole Seguin from the Bruins.
As none of the roster players Boston received in the trade would be on the club's roster years after the trade.
Seguin would go on to be successful and a point-per-game player for Dallas.
At the time of the Bruins-Stars swap in 2013, most anyone would have said the return was uneven, a definite win for Dallas. That came with caveats, however, with the potential for Eriksson, Smith, and Morrow to become fixtures of the Bruins' lineup as the one way for Boston to win some portion of the trade. Four years later, though, a bad deal looks worse, and as Seguin continues to succeed with the Stars, the Bruins are now officially left without any trace of arguably their most significant trade of the past decade.

Matt Fraser would bounce between the AHL and NHL and would only skate in 38 games for the Bruins, before being waived in December by the Bruins. The Oilers would claim him on waivers for nothing.
The Bruins would also lose Loui Eriksson, which of course the team would want to see the Eriksson which put up multiple 26+ goal seasons. He would eventually reach that plateau again, but in 2016 the Bruins would try their luck and lose him in a gamble during free agency, as he signed a massive contract, a six-year, $36 Million contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Instead of getting a return of assets for Eriksson, the Bruins lost it all including Seguin.
The Bruins would look to make up production lost in Eriksson, as they decided to move Reilly Smith, a 33-goal scorer in the past two seasons, in order to shake up the roster(?!) and lose a 91-point player, for Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers, while dumping him in Sunrise, with Marc Savard's contract.
Unfortunately, Jimmy Hayes, wouldn't live up to expectations and played primarily bottom-six minutes, scoring 13 goals and 29 points with the Bruins. The B's would eventually buy out his contract after limited usage by Claude Julien and Bruce Cassidy.
Joe Morrow started his NHL career with high expectations, being drafted 23rd overall in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Yet, he would never live up to them, as he bounced between the AHL and NHL, only skating in 65 games for the Bruins.
By the time Morrow would be due a qualifying offer, the Bruins would refuse and make him a free agent.
All in all, the trade was a massive win for GM Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars, while the Bruins ate dirt and played in the worms, and players failed to play to their expectations.
Seguin's time with the Stars has been successful albeit never winning a Stanley Cup.
Source: The Hockey news
Four years later, the Bruins officially have nothing left from the Seguin trade

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Trade completed between the Bruins and Stars changes everything

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