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01/16/2014

A trade the Dallas Stars are winning

UnknownIt's not the Stanley Cup, or even its 16-team playoffs, but it's something the Dallas Stars can celebrate in this - yet another season of flirting with making the post season. They are winning a trade.

In early July of 2013, the Stars sent All-Star scoring winger Loui Eriksson along with Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser to the Boston Bruins for center Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button in one of those monster trades that do not happen frequently.

The main components were Seguin, the No. 2 overall pick in the '10 draft, for Eriksson.

The Boston Bruins play the Dallas Stars tonight in downtown Dallas, and thus far Seguin has been the better player.

In 44 games for the Stars, Seguin has 21 goals with 21 assists for 42 points. He is a plus-5. Only 21, he looks like he's got it, provided he matures and some of the "spoiled brat" issues that dogged him in Boston remain in Boston.

Eriksson has battled concussions this season, and in 26 games has five goals and 15 points. He is a better player than his numbers suggest.

The suprising development has been Reilly Smith in Boston. He was barely able to get on the ice with the Stars, but with the Bruins he is their second-leading scorer (46 games, 15 goals, 33 points). It helps he is playing with a loaded lineup, but this is not some fluke.

Given Seguin's age and the fact he is locked in to a long-term contract should mean the Stars "won" this trade. Between Seguin, Jamie Benn and Valeri Nichushkin, the team is stacked with talented young forwards.

Now, about their defensemen ...

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