by Fitzgerald Cecilio
After acquiring forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley earlier in the day, the Dallas Stars capped Fourth of July by trading two players to the Edmonton Oilers for veteran center Shawn Horcoff.
The Oilers, for their part, acquired defenseman Philip Larsen and a seventh-round pick in 2016. The 34-year-old Horcoff waived his no-trade clause for the deal to push through.
A fourth-round pick by Edmonton in the 1998 NHL Draft, Horcoff has played all of his 796 NHL games with the Oilers. He has 162 goals and 285 assists since making his NHL debut on Dec. 6, 2000.
The 23-year-old Larsen played 32 games for Dallas in 2012-13, with five points and a minus-10 rating. In 2011-12, he was a plus-11 in 55 games, with 11 points.
Earlier, Stars general manager Jim Nill said the team intended to get stronger up the middle of its lineup by acquiring Seguin and Peverley.
"In this business, every day you come to work and try to get better. We're looking at other options, but this adds two center-icemen to our roster and we're excited about that," Nill said. "Both are right-handed shots, which you don't find a lot of."
"This gives us a good mix at center. Really our one weakness here in Dallas is we had no depth at center ice," he added.
Bruins trade Tyler Seguin, pair to Stars for four players
The Boston Bruins, in preparation for another run at the Stanley Cup next season, have traded three players, including forward Tyler Seguin, to the Dallas Stars for four players.
Aside from Seguin, the Bruins also traded center Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Stars for forward Loui Eriksson and prospects Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.
"It wasn't an easy trade for either party to make," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We both gave up great players and great assets."
The move clears cap space for the Bruins as Seguin comes with a salary-cap hit of $5.75 million through the 2018-19 season while Peverley's cap hit is $3.25 million per season through 2014-15. Eriksson's annual cap hit is $4.25 million through 2015-16.
The deal gives Boston one of the game's more underrated wingers in Eriksson, who had 12 goals in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season. The Bruins were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.
For the Stars, the trade helped Nill address the team's need at center in Peverley while landing a talented young cornerstone in Seguin.
"Rich (Peverley) is an extremely reliable center that is great in the faceoff circle and will help us as a puck-possession team," Nill said. "Being able to add two centers in this deal will solidify a very important position."
Peverley, who turns 31 Monday, had six goals and 18 points in 47 games during the 2012-13 season. He had two goals and no assists in 21 playoff games.
The 21-year-old Seguin, a second pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, has 56 goals and 121 points in 203 career games, including 29 goals and 67 points in 2011-12 and 16 goals and 32 points in 48 games in 2012-13.
He had one goal in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2013, but was second on the Bruins with 70 shots on goal.
"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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