Quotable: Jim Nill, Lindy Ruff talk trade for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley

Here are some quotes from Stars GM Jim Nill and head coach Lindy Ruff on Thursday’s trade that saw the Dallas Stars acquire forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser and defenseman Joe Morrow.

On the trade

Nill: “This is a big trade by both teams and I just want to thank [Boston GM] Peter Chiarelli, it wasn’t an easy trade for either team to make. We both gave up great players and great assets. We look forward to moving forward from here.”

On how the trade came about

Nill: “Peter and I had been talking, this is part of the dynamics of the new CBA. We all know that money is part of the new CBA, so we’ve kept in touch. I think what people need to realize is that we are talking some pretty good players here. I know Tyler Seguin is a big, big part of this trade, a big name plus Rich Peverley. Louis Eriksson, from our end, is a very good player and probably hidden a little bit down here in Dallas. Boston knew that and knew that was a big piece of their puzzle and I know he’s going to be a great fit for Boston.”

On if Seguin, who has played both wing and center, is viewed as a center by the Stars

Ruff: “That’s correct. We’re looking for someone who can play with [Jamie] Benn. It’s a position we wanted to fill, it’s a natural position for Tyler and he’s looking forward to playing it.”

On if the Stars will look for another center in free agency

Nill: “In this business you come to work every day looking to get better, and we are looking at other options, but this adds two centers to our roster. We’re excited about it. Both are right-handed shots, which you don’t find a lot of and this gives a good mix of centers. One weakness we had here in Dallas is we had no depth at center ice and this moves Jamie Benn back to the wing and puts everybody in their proper positions and adds depth to our organization.”

On Peter Chiarelli’s comments that Seguin needs to be a better pro and what input did Mark Recchi, who played with Seguin in Boston, give on the deal

Nill: “Mark knows him very well and Tyler is not an unknown. I watched Tyler when he was in Plymouth (Ontario Hockey League), grow up as a junior and turn into a great pro. We’re very fortunate that he played with the Boston Bruins. They do things right. I know he’s had great coaching and great fundamentals. He’s built a great foundation there. We’re very fortunate that way and we look forward to him taking a leadership role here in Dallas. He’s going to be growing up with the Jamie Benns and those guys. We’ve got a core group of players that are all under the age of 25 and 26 and under, and I think that’s going to be great for him to grow in with the rest of these players and help create a great environment down here for us.”

On Rich Peverley and his faceoff ability

Nill: “He’s a great player. Very effective player, very versatile, can play any position and is very strong on draws. He is going to add the depth we need at that position for us moving forward.”

On if Peverley and Cody Eakin can be the No. 2 and No. 3 centers this season

Nill: “That’s what we are planning on. We’re going to come to training camp and Lindy’s going to get a chance to look at all these guys. Training camp will sort all that out. It just gives us some great options.”

On if it is enough with Peverley, Eakin and Fiddler or do you need to add

“I think that’s enough, but like I said we’re always looking. I know it’s a lot better than it was an hour ago.”

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