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Bruins plan to line Iginla up with Krejci, Eriksson alongside Bergeron

Sep 10, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins sometimes-dominant “HuLK line” has disbanded, but their new sets should be pretty impressive in their own right.

Head coach Claude Julien answered a fan’s question on Tuesday, saying that Jarome Iginla will probably line up with David Krejci while Loui Eriksson is expected to skate with Patrice Bergeron.

One would assume that Milan Lucic would slide in with Krejci-Iginla while Brad Marchand may join Bergeron-Eriksson, although you never know. For what it’s worth, Julien said he might give Daniel Paille a more pronounced role, so things could be shaken up.

If that previous assumption is correct, it’s imperative that the hockey world come up with a good nickname for the Iginla version of Boston’s most offensive-oriented line. Here are a few early attempts: “The ILK line” and “the KILl line.” All silliness aside, it’s not outrageous to expect Iginla, 36, to transition smoothly into Nathan Horton‘s vacated role.

Eriksson, 28, makes a lot of sense with Bergeron, too. The Swedish winger is noted for his two-way play, as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli noted, so he could be a great compliment for the Selke-caliber pivot.

It’s important to remember that line combinations can change by the day in certain systems, but one can see the logic behind Julien’s initial plan.

  1. bosoxfanpeds - Sep 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Claude, This Year You Win The Cup…..More choices and possibilities…..I Love It…………….The Power Play is going to the best since you’ve been coaching here………..have faith Brother…….Third line will be fast and furious……Soup’s line will become the third line in minutes, but the best energy you can bring…..Go Bruins….

  2. itsallniceonice - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    “It’s important to remember that line combinations can change by the day in certain systems”

    Not in Claude’s system.

    • James O'Brien - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      He does seem more predictable than most.

  3. bigkniht37 - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    top notch journalism as usual by O’Brient – who is brad marchant? did the bruins trade for a new guy this summer?

    • lowenni - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      It’s a typo. Calm down. We all know exactly who he was talking about.

      • James O'Brien - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Fixed, thanks.

      • jcmeyer10 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        I think he was referring to Brad Marchmond. 😀

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      I don’t know if you meant to mistype his name on purpose or not but either way, you are a jackass.

  4. arbruins - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Oh my freakin god, where did brad marchant come from? Who was traded…holy crap! Next thing ya know the damn sedin sisters will come prancing into the garden.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Since the HuLK line is no more, Introducing the new Boston ILK line!!

  6. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Any B’s fans know who’s playing on the 3rd line RW in Boston?

    They got rid of Seguin, Horton and Jagr… brought in Eriksson and Iggy, but who’s the winger?

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Reilly Smith according to CBS Sports.

    • pepper2011 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      that is the open position. Assuming Paille stays on the 4th line (which he could easily slide up to 3rd)

      You have these guys fighting for wings to flank Kelly: I put them in where I view them now; who knows where they stand in the B’s eyes. A TON of depth and talent. I could see Thornton seeing less ice time this year; having more of a platoon role- getting some of the younger guys some ice time. I love Thornton, but he doesn’t see the ice in the playoffs. If they struggle; they are in a nice place to go out and land a big name upcoming FA closer to the deadline like; Jumbo Joe, Marleau, Gaborik, or Vanek. Reily Smith will net 20 this year.

      Carl Soderberg
      Reilly Smith
      Ryan Spooner
      Carter Camper
      Anthony Camara
      Alexander Khokhlachev
      Matt Fraser (2nd in AHL In goals)
      Matt Lindblad
      Justin Florek

  7. withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Eriksson and Bergeron are probably one of the strongest duos in the league in terms of shutdown capability in addition to goal scoring touch.

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      I cannot wait to see that line in action.

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