It’s no secret that Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin had been pretty tight through their three years together with the Boston Bruins. So it shouldn’t come as a shock or surprise that the Nose Face Killah had very mixed emotions about watching his talented young teammate move on to Dallas after the trade between the Bruins and Stars two months ago.

“We were very close. But that’s business . . . that’s hockey” said Marchand while playing in the fourth annual Milan Lucic Rock & Jock softball game at LeLacheur Park. “I don’t think you ever expect to be safe no matter where you are and that’s just another example of it. He’s a great player and I think he’s going to have a great future ahead of him.

“Obviously things happen but you look at social media these days and nobody can hide anywhere. I think things get blown out of proportion sometimes a little bit. That’s definitely part of it. But at the same time he’s young and anybody in his position is going to have a little bit of fun.

Seguin Rich Peverley and Ryan Button were shipped to the Stars in exchange for All-Star forward Loui Eriksson along with prospects Reilly Smith Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow and Eriksson is expected to slide right into Seguin’s spot on the line with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. There’s a very clear argument to be made that the consistent defensively responsible Eriksson makes the Bruins a better team next season than they would have been with the still-maturing Seguin.

Seguin has the edge in explosive ability and he’ll get better as the years go on but Eriksson will give the Bruins exactly what they need with another 3-4 years of Stanley Cup contention clearly in front of them.

That’s the NHL business end of the deal and it’s something that Marchand fully understands while giving Seguin a winking message to keep his head up when the B’s and Stars collide in October.

“I think regardless of who we play with we’ve got a couple of good wingers in Loui and [Jarome] Iginla” said Marchand. “Watching in practice the last few days they’re both incredible players and hopefully we can put that together and have a great season.