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The stealthy Swedish coup d'état progresses as planned. Muahahaha!

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<p><b>The Bruins acquire Dallas Stars alternate captain Loui Eriksson.</b></p>

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<li> Everyone predicted Tyler Seguin would become a star, just not a A DALLAS STAR. He departs with Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. Loui Eriksson is the key component from the Dallas side, and Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser round out the exchange. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/07/04/tyler-seguin-traded-from-boston-bruins-dallas-stars/ixldsYbV3PqwZfyqhWJIsI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Dallas and Lindy Ruff await. Seguin and Peverley are eager to be part of a rebuilding team. [<a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-stars/headlines/20130704-heika-tyler-seguin-and-rich-peverly-excited-to-leave-bruins-for-stars...seriously.ece">DallasNews</a>]</li>

<li> And that team will likely include Shawn Horcoff, whom Dallas has acquired from the Oilers. [<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/07/04/sp-nhl-hockey-shawn-horcoff-edmonton-oilers-trade-dallas-stars.html">CBCSports</a>]</li>

<li> Here is a snapshot of all the moving pieces. [<a href="http://www.http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2013/07/04/ice-issues-bigger-problem-seguin-bruinstsn.ca/blogs/scott_cullen/?id=426954">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> The deal reunites the Bruins players with Mark Recchi and Marty Turco, now with the Stars organization, and frees up cap space for Tuukka Rask. [<a href="http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Ty-Anderson/Seguin-Peverley-Eriksson-Fireworks/141/52577#.UdbnE_n2Z8E">Hockeybuzz</a>]</li>

<li> Here's a bit more detail on why the Bruins sought to acquire Eriksson. [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=676589">NHL.com</a>]</li>

<li> Oddly enough, after Peter Chiarelli cited the Twitterverse's role in the decision, Seguin thanked Boston with a Tweet. [<a href=http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/13441/seguin-thanks-boston-via-twitter">ESPN</a>]

<li> Some are now gleefully stepping forward to assert that they saw through Seguin all along... [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/07/04/for-bruins-and-tyler-seguin-three-enough/oqeWnBDrHS8ENvEMidhZiJ/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Counterpoint- the off-ice drama was a red herring, fundamentally Seguin just wasn't a good fit as a Bruin. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2013/07/04/ice-issues-bigger-problem-seguin-bruins">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Seguin's off-ice behavior was a concern, while Rich Peverley worked hard despite a constantly shifting third line. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/07/04/boston-dallas-engage-in-monster-trade-seguin-and-peverley-become-stars/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

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<p><b>Elsewhere around the NHL: </b></p>

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<li> The Edmondton Oilers are on Captain Planet Andrew Ference like white on organic rice. [<a href="http://www.thescore.com/nhl/articles/1228461-report-oilers-interested-in-ference">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> Keep up with this real-time Free Agent Frenzy Chatterbox! [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/puck-daddy-2013-nhl-free-agent-frenzy-chatterbox-115118879.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Daniel Alfredsson is a Detroit Red Wing. Another free agent turns his nose up at Boston... [<a href="http://www.thescore.com/nhl/articles/1228768-report-alfredsson-will-not-return-to-senators">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> More news, in one comprehensive list. [<a href=http://nhl.si.com/2013/07/05/top-line-seguin-eriksson-trade-buzz-nhl-free-agency-opens-more-links/#more-33356">SportsIllustrated</a>]</li>

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