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Eriksson happy to join B’s after ‘weird’ year in Dallas

Jul 8, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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Loui Eriksson was introduced to the Boston media on Monday — via conference call — and said his first order of business as a Bruin is to make up for a lacklustre season.

His words, not ours.

“It was a weird year,” the former Stars alternate captain said of last season, as per CSNNE. “I played on a lot of different lines and never really got that full confidence.”

“I’m looking forward to getting ready and having a good season [in Boston].”

Eriksson had a decent 2013 campaign — 29 points in 48 games, averaging over 20 minutes per game — but his points-per-game average dipped to 0.60, his lowest since 2007-08.

Why? Well, perhaps the revolving door in Dallas finally caught up to him.

The Stars were hardly a model of consistency during Eriksson’s time with the organization. He played under three head coaches in four years (Dave Tippett, Marc Crawford, Glen Gulutzan) and was in line to have a fourth when Lindy Ruff took over in late June.

Roster-wise, turnover was high as well.

Eriksson’s breakout campaign — 2008-09, when he scored a career-high 36 goals — came on a Stars team featuring Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards, Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow and James Neal.

None of those guys lasted in Dallas past the 2011-12 season.

Along the way (from ’09-’12), the likes of Jamie Langenbrunner, Adam Burish, Michael Ryder, Jaromir Jagr and Sheldon Souray all came and left.

Needless to say, Eriksson is ready to join a team with a little more stability and presence.

“[Boston's] a good hockey town. I’ve heard good things about the whole city,” he explained. “I’ll be ready to play there, and it will be awesome.”

  1. matt14gg - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    By all accounts my team is getting a “total pro”. The Bruins were willing to give up the higher end “potential” of Tyler Seguin for the slightly less higher end “certainty” of Loui Eriksson. Seguin’s “potential” may have more upside, but we may never see it. Hockey history is littered with guys who had a world of “potential” and never did anything with it. In the Bruins system getting a guy who you know what you are going to get every night, top 6 forward, just makes sense.

    The other thing about it is Seguin was never a good fit in the Bruins system. That part is not really his fault. He is a guy that wants to float through the neutral zone and the slot and cherry pick goals. You just can’t do that in the Bruins system. You have to be willing to initiate contact and grind and cycle in the corners. That is not Seguin’s game. I think he will go off to Dallas and put up 35 goals and people will say the Bruins made a mistake. Even if that happens it doesn’t mean he was ever going to be that guy in Boston.

    • dddk722 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Totally agree, dont sleep on Morrow or Smith either. Both solid pickups for the Bruins for the future. Plus the salary flexibility this gives the Bruins allows us to extend Bergeron and Rask out longterm…,meanwhile Dallas gets a exciting young player who could def score 35+ goalis in Dallas’s system….he was just never going to do that here….win win

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Morrow is intriguing because from several reports he was the key piece in the Penguins-Dallas trade.

      • dddk722 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Yes Morrow has now been traded twice, he has been the victim of being a top prospect and so was sought after by Dallas and now Boston…carries that tag of “puck moving d-man” every team is always looking for…

  2. bigkniht37 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong Halford but I’m fairly certain 29 points in 48 games is 0.60 points/game, not 0.25.

    • 19to77 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      I think he meant goals-per-game instead. Eriksson has 12 this year so that would seem to make sense.

    • Mike Halford - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      typo. it is 0.60, which is his lowest PPG total since 2007-08. Good eye. Thanks.

  3. amityvillefun - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Welcome to Boston, Loui. We got great centers for you to play with here, and the team seems to fit with your style of hockey very well.

    Looking forward to seeing you in a Bruins jersey!

    Boston is a GREAT hockey town. Ask Bobby Orr.

    The top two lines are looking solid from the Bruins! If Lucic can play anywhere near the way he did during the playoffs during some of the regular season, the B’s will be tough to play against.

    BTW, Brad Marchand is looking for a new drinking buddy.

    • bettwoman - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Ya. Enjoy an amazing player. Although it’ll be interesting to see with the style comment you made. Now I mainly watch western so if I’m wrong sorry but……it’s my thought boston is known for hard hitting out u down intimidation while adding in some newer young guns and some speed. I know loui is fast he always find the right place to be on the ice. This last year he couldn’t seem to hit that net when he got the opportunities so hopefully he will again and I wish honoring but luck. However I dunno how he will go with that hard hitting part. Loui is a fighter who will always get in there but hmm, so if he got hit I’d be like woa woa leave Lou alone, whereas is morrow/ott were hit it was more of a oh you’ll get yours mentality.

  4. montrealbbr - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    He’ll be lucky to score 15 goals in the Bruins system where the he will be a fifth defenceman. I’d bet that Seguin goes and scores 40 goals this year. Another mistake like they made with Kessel.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      I’m thinking habsman who changed to greenmtboy has now invented montrealbbr. Why all the name changes dude? People tiring of your Bruins bashing?

      I think both players will have good years. Seguin will have Recchi to help him grown up and focus on the game and Eriksson will be surrounded by a consistent roster of veterans who compliment him well.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        How many of the people that we think are habsman actually *are* habsman?

        I mean, the montrealbbr post is dumb even for habsman.

    • ras1tafari - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      SCOREBOARD

  5. amityvillefun - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Go dive into a stanchion and call 9-1-1. “Help! Police!!! Chara’s gonna get me!!!”

    How’d last season work out for the Habs? Oh yeah. Bounced by Ottawa.

    I’ll bet you Eriksson puts up great numbers despite the defensive system. Bergy or Krejci will feed him well.

    Perhaps if the Habs played a little defense themselves, they wouldn’t get bounced so easily.

    It’s team defense that wins Stanley Cups, you dope. Great if Seguin scores 40, but will that get Dallas a Cup? Individual achievements should be SECOND to the team play. Seguin wasn’t putting the team first, which is why he isn’t in Boston anymore. Period.

    Bruins play as a team, which is why they have been pretty successful the last couple of years under Julien.

  6. dlk75150 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    You have no idea how lucky you are to have loui. He is a class act and gives 110% every night. I am a Dallas season ticket holder and he was a total pleasure to watch offensively and defensively. Congrats to Boston great trade!

  7. amityvillefun - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Thanks dlk75150! All the reports from Dallas say that Eriksson is quite a player.

    Seguin will mature and put up great numbers for Dallas. If he can play center full time and not be a defensive liability, that position will give him more open ice to show his real skills and speed. The kid does have some tremendous natural talent, it is just a matter of him focusing on his game and off-season workouts to bring out the best in himself.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      That’s a lot of “if’s”.

      • amityvillefun - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Yup. It sure is. Time will tell if the Bruins gave up too early on a superstar or if they unloaded an unfocused “party boy.”

  8. cliverush - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Seguin worked his way down to the 3rd. line, on a team in need of an offensive player in the hunt for the Cup. This from the #2 overall pick. Not a good return on the investment. Maybe he will learn that hard work most players put in reaps lifetime rewards. He is 21 yrs. and has a long time to play if he can learn to toughen up.

  9. jontarbox - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Just curious how is trading Kessel and then winning a Stanley Cup a mistake?

    • amityvillefun - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Jontarbox,

      I was wondering the same thing.

      If you are going to pull Kessel into it, why not Kevin Bacon? Makes zero sense.

      Must be too many Molsons on lunch break, eh?

  10. pastabelly - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Morrow will be plying his trade in Providence for quite some time (or until the Bruins lose at least two defensemen to injury). I am skeptical of any 1st round choice who is traded for a two-month rental and then flipped again a couple months later.

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