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Bruins trade former No. 2 pick Seguin to Stars for Eriksson

  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, watches play with center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, watches play with center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, watches play with center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, watches play with center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Dallas Stars' Loui Eriksson (21) of Sweden during an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Dallas Stars' Loui Eriksson (21) of Sweden during an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, watches play with center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, watches play with center Tyler Seguin (19) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Dallas Stars' Loui Eriksson (21) of Sweden during an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS – Tyler Seguin is headed to the Dallas Stars in a trade less than a week after Boston’s general manager criticized the former No. 2 overall pick as needing to be a “better pro.”

Seguin was sent to the Stars yesterday in a seven-player deal that brought steady forward Loui Eriksson to the Eastern Conference-champion Bruins.

Boston also sent forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to Dallas. In addition to Eriksson, they received forwards Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

Seguin, the No. 2 pick in 2010, won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins as a rookie and was their leading scorer and an All-Star a year later when he had 29 goals and 38 assists. He dropped to a tie for third on the team in scoring with 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) during this past season’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. Boston lost to Chicago in six games.

At the draft last weekend, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli essentially said that Seguin wasn’t focused enough on hockey, although he made it sound like the 21-year-old would be back by saying he was expecting “big things from him.”

Instead, the Bruins have added Dallas’s second-leading scorer in Erikkson, a 2011 All-Star who turns 28 this month. Before this season’s lockout-shortened schedule, in which he had 29 points on 12 goals and 17 assists, Erikkson had scored at least 70 points in three straight seasons and at least 60 in four straight. His career high in goals is 36 in 2008-09, and his best season for points is 73 (27 goals, 46 assists) in 2010-11.

Smith had nine points in 37 games for the Stars while shuffling between Dallas and the Texas Stars of the AHL. Fraser appeared in nine games for Dallas, while Morrow has yet to make his NHL debut.

Seguin leads all players from the 2010 draft class in games played (203) and is third in goals (56), assists (65) and points (121). Peverley is viewed as a No. 2 center who is strong in the faceoff circle, while Button will join a veteran blue line that recently added 39-year-old Sergei Gonchar on a two-year, $10 million contract.

The deal was the first major move for new Stars General Manager Jim Nill, who addressed the team’s need at center with Seguin and Peverley. The trade will allow Dallas’s leading scorer, Jamie Benn, to move to his more natural spot at wing.

“Tyler is a dynamic player that will be a part of our core group for a long time to come,” Nill said. “A player at his age, position and talent level are extremely difficult to acquire and we’re thrilled to bring him into our organization.”

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