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Eriksson is excited to start with Bruins

Sep 3, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

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Loui Eriksson didn’t make the call to be traded from Dallas, but it sounds like he’s embraced the move to Boston.

He skated with the Bruins for the first time on Monday and told reporters about his eagerness to start on Tuesday, as reports. Part of that excitement seems to have been stoked by former Bruins forward (and fellow Swede) P.J. Axelsson.

“[Axelsson] really loved it here. It’s a great town to play in, great fans and a really great organization,” Eriksson said. “I’m excited to be here, and really ready to go. Playing my first game here [in Boston] is going to be awesome. [It will be] a great feeling.”

Eriksson, 28, is frequently mentioned among the most underrated forwards in the NHL. Playing in Boston could very well change that, which might just be another reason for him to get excited.

  1. valoisvipers - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    He is a great player that will make Bruin fans say Tyler who?
    I still don’t know why Dallas did this.

    • itsallniceonice - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      It’s a great short term deal for the Bruins and a great long term deal for the Stars assuming Seguin reaches his potential which I’m sure he will. Win win for both teams. I wouldn’t paint it as a “Tyler Who?” kind of deal at all.

      • onearmdragon - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:56 AM

        This deal works short term for both. Long term will only count if players are resigned, which is questionable at best, considering some of the longer term deals thrown at players.

        Both Eriksson and Seguin should do great for their teams. Help Boston’s cap situation, and restart the rebuilt Stars. Let’s assume both players generally succeed.

        But if Seguin is worth $6m/yr now, he’ll cost $9m/yr on his next contract if he moves to center and plays well.

        The catch will be the prospects sent to Boston. If one player becomes top 6F or top 4D, then Boston will look very smart for this. And those lousy drafts of Chiarelli will be forgotten entirely.

  2. titansbro - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    I don’t know, Bergeron has been playing in Boston for a long time now & is still considered underrated

    • Moop - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      The Bruins have a lot of underrated players because their recent success has relied on having a deep team where everyone produces, not a few stars putting up crazy numbers every season. Eriksson is going to fit right in here and the fans are going to love him.

  3. themagicman1223 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    As a habs fan this is a good trade for Boston, I question Seguin’s upside is more than his 67 point campaign. Eriksson is a better player right now than Seguin, while Seguin has more potential. Joe Morrow is also an intriguing prospect.

  4. dlk75150 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    You are so lucky to have loui! Awesome player. He was a light in Dallas during the last 5 dark years. I hope he does great for you and you see the potential he never reached here.

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