By sending Tyler Seguin packing this past summer and netting a package centering around Loui Eriksson, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli sent a clear message to the rest of the NHL. “When the weather starts to heat up, plan on making a trip up to Boston.”
In the return of Eriksson, the Bruins thought they were receiving the player who amassed more than 300 points—130 goals, 177 assists—since 2008 with the Dallas Stars. Even though you can’t fault Eriksson for his concussion history this year, he’s hardly been a consistent producer over his 24 games played in Boston thus far. Prior to the concussion sustained in the Penguins bloodbath on Dec. 7, the Sochi-bound winger from Sweden tallied only 14 points, with just two assists over his last six games played.
There’s still time for Eriksson to find his place in the Bruins lineup, although I’d love to hear the case made to move Reilly Smith back to the third line in favor of Eriksson when he’s made his full return.
−Dan St. Pierre