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Eriksson returns to Boston, has concussion, out indefinitely

Oct 24, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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The news is in on Loui Eriksson, and it’s not good.

Eriksson, knocked out of Wednesday’s game vs. Buffalo thanks to a John Scott headshot, was able to travel to Boston from Buffalo on Thursday but is out indefinitely with a concussion.

“The team will provide a further update on Loui’s status when appropriate,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in a statement.

Eriksson, 28, does have a history of concussions. He suffered one during the 2010-11 campaign after a hit from then-Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray, and missed a pair of games.

As for Scott, he’s been suspended indefinitely pending an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

The 31-year-old enforcer told reporters he “was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened,” adding that he apologized to Eriksson via text last night.


  1. sunderlanding - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Is it just me, or does it seem they give out concussion status faster when there is a suspension on the line? If this was a puck to the face I’d bet they’d call it an “upper body injury” even if he had a concussion. Don’t get me wrong, the hit should still result in a suspension.

    • jcmeyer10 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      I think the impact of the play should be known when going into a suspension hearing. I don’t think it’s meant to sway Shannahan just to give him as many facts as possible.

      • sunderlanding - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        I know. I just think it’s strange how quickly updates come out when there is a suspension on the line.

    • canadianguest - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Would you call a severed leg a lower body injury at first?

      Person #1 “He’s got a lower body injury?”
      Person #2 “His legs cut clean off”
      Person #1 “right, but to be safe, lets just call it a lower body injury until we know for sure”
      Person #2 “his leg is in a different room then he is”
      Person #1 “right, so it isn’t available for diagnosis, better call it lower body injury”
      Person #2 “He doesn’t have a leg!!”
      Person #1 “sure he does, he still has one”

      Some injuries don’t need a lot of time for diagnosis, and besides, Buffalo doctors must be getting prepared to better diagnose concussions since good ‘ole 32 will be there.

      • thesportsjudge - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Now THAT was hilarious! Well done!

      • sunderlanding - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        You’re missing the point. I wouldn’t call it a lower body injury, but if there wasn’t a suspension on the line the NHL would call it a lower body even if his leg was cut off. It just seems a little strange to me.

      • canadianguest - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        I would agree that the diagnosis came quick, possibly to influence any possible suspension hearing. I’m just thinking that the “concussion like symptoms” might be more severe since the head snap was significant, and thus much easier to diagnose. I just had some fun making my point :-)

  2. ibieiniid - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    that’s the nail in the coffin for Scott.

  3. shamu1the1whale - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    This should never have happened…

  4. sabatimus - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    John Scott must hide his Cobra Kai suit in his locker before every game.

  5. amityvillefun - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Savard’s career destroyed by Matt Cooke. Bergeron several concussions over his career. Nathan Horton in the 2011 finals. When will it be enough Shanahan? When will the NHL punish these idiots whose only real purpose is to fight or injure?

    Eriksson has the ability to score more points in 3 games than John Scott will ever score in his career.

    If the NHL doesn’t remove goons like Scott, I hope the Bruins take care of it themselves. The NHL claims to be “clamping down” on cheap shots like this…put your money where you mouth is Shanny and Bettman. Toss this goon for LIFE.

    I hope Eriksson recovers well and can resume his career – Savard wasn’t as lucky.

    I hope John Scott gets hit by a bus crossing the street on the way to the hearing!

    I’ll be sure to send my apologies afterward.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Usually the Bruins try to goon it up. Where was big tough Z? Oh that’s right, Scott is a little too bug for him, he likes going after smaller guys.

      Where was the outcry when the goon Lucic ran over Miller last year?

      Scott Stevens made a career out of cheap shots, the most ,memorable against Lindros.

      Don’t skate as ting your pass, just ask Nate Horton, he’ll explain it.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Scott should be out as long as Eriksson is.

    • canadianguest - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM


    • nflfan4now - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      You are right, just like they had to sit Lucic out as long as Miller after his cheap shot!

  7. gallyhatch - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    This news ruined my week. I am bull$hit right now.

    Let’s face facts, losing Scott means nothing to the Sabres, what’s going to happen? They couldn’t possibly suck any more than they already do.

    I won’t wish harm on another player, as much hatred as I’m feeling for Scott right now, but he really should be run from the league. He’s not there to help score goals. Let’s be realistic about why he’s on the team. Because the pu$$y Sabres got tired of being pushed around by the Bruins. At least they are where they belong, in the basement.

    Rolston will get his, he won’t last in Buffalo – how could he? That team f’ing blows. He should however, be fined for even having Scott out there on the ice in the third.

    • amityvillefun - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      It’s obvious that the players have no respect for each other these days. The NHL should seriously consider implementing a rule that forces the perpetrator of these injuries TO SIT OUT AS LONG AS THE PLAYER IS INJURED AND CAN’T PLAY.

      The player who causes the injury should also be suspended without pay.

      Only then will players start treating each other with a little more consideration out there because hurting another player will hurt them too….in playing time and in the wallet. They’d think twice if it was going to impact their careers too, wouldn’t they?

      • jcmeyer10 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        I also think we need to start punishing teams and coaches, GM’s and owners who permit this to happen. Scott didn’t choose to go out there himself.

        Maybe hold out there best player. Make it an eye for an eye. Pay the guy but just say he can’t play.

      • shamu1the1whale - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        amityville: I totally agree with you. Well said

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      I think the Bruins should be fined for whining about the very things they do.

      It’s called karma beeeeotch!

  8. britkei - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    While the hit was late I don’t think he meant to hit him in the head. Scott has never been suspended so why is he up for the # of games that he is? In my opinion the backside hits like McLoud’s hit is far worse and has the real potential to paralyze or kill a player.

    • canadianguest - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      If Eriksson hadn’t lifted his head a little just before the hit, he would have taken it in the temple instead of the chin. Eriksson should count himself lucky to be alive. Scott should really rethink his target points, or maybe Scott doesn’t realize he’s 6’8″?

  9. shaundre93 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    If any other player in the whole freakin league does this, you could classify it as unfortunate. This wasn’t an accident. This is why Scott is on the sabres. He is not employed to play hockey, he doesn’t provide energy. He’s there to injure players that are better than him… So basically everyone in the NHL, AHL, CHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, EJHL, should I go on? Just remove him from the league, he doesn’t offer anything. He is everything that the NHL is trying to eliminate from the game

  10. britkei - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    You can blame the nhlpa as much as the league regarding some rules that hold back the league. The instigator penalty is one of the worst rules in the game and results in staged fighting.

    • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      This rule is in place to act as a deterrent. Otherwise fighters would draw non fighters into a fight and subsequent major penalty. This rule protects non enforcers from being sucked in a fight.

      • thesportsjudge - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        No one can suck a fighter into a fight. No one can draw non-fighters into a fight either? Normally, I just read your comments and move on, but this one, well, is just plain stupid.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        The village idiot has sounded off again.

      • joey4id - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Well! 39 years ago fighting was getting out of hand, and players who shouldn’t fight had to fight. That’s just the way it was. They had to find a way to curb fighting.

        “At the general managers’ meeting that summer, Boston Bruins president and general manager Harry Sinden said he wanted to take fighting out of the game completely, and according to Clarke, didn’t care what the managers felt about the idea. Sinden was going to take the issue to the Board of Governors.”

      • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Look thesportsjudge, do your homework. In the 50s, 60s, 70s mostly, and into the 80s you were expected to fight when challenged which is why players like Green, Orr, Richard and others fought their own battles. No one walked away from an invitation to fight. When Things got out of hand the NHL added the instigator rule. Not every hockey player is a fighter in today’s game. This rule curbed. The instigator rule is good because it dos exactly what it was intended to do.

  11. voltron217 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    You guys are retards. Did you even see the hit. Scott had a clean check on him. You can say it was late but he stopped skating well before he dumped the puck in. The hit was what it is unfortunate. Scott is much taller and erikssons head hit Scott’s shoulder from the force of the check. Maybe erikssons should pick his head up or maybe none of you grew up playing hockey were thats what your taught. And if you don’t you learn the hard way like he did last night. I also love how i dont here u B’s fans say how you were upset when lucic ran miller and miller was out with a concussion. Lucic was never suspended do a hit far worse than Scott’s. i hope erikssons out as long as hes a bruin you fans are classless.

    • gallyhatch - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Classless how, like calling people retards?

      Your opinion suggests you may not be that intelligent, the way you type confirms it.

      Good post voltron, good post.

      • amityvillefun - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        What part of this don’t Sabres fans get? On “Miller” hit (old news, get over it already) he almost came out to the faceoff dot to play the puck and Lucic bumped into him. If he had ran him like Scott did last night we he even still be playing? And he ran into him face to face…at least Miller saw it coming. Lucic didn’t get suspended because MILLER took his chances coming out that far.

        As for his concussion, please. He was on TV that same might looking as alert as ever and calling Lucic “gutless.” Maybe he was hurt on the play, maybe not, but he certainly wasn’t so messed up he couldn’t stop running his yap.

        I’m sure special needs people really enjoyed your comment Voltron. Maybe you should get off the internet and play with your toys instead. It’s pretty hard to call people “classless” when you dish out the word “retard.”

        So, here you go Sabres fans, Lucic was not suspended because Miller took his chances and wandered wayyyy too far from the the crease.

        The hit on Eriksson last night was a blind sided elbow to the head with the intent to injure. Had Lucic really meant to hurt Miller, he’d STILL be out.

        Enjoy your season Buffalo. It’s off to a great start. Karma?

    • shaundre93 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Were classless, seriously!? That was the most classless post I’ve seen on this topic. This shouldn’t have anything to do with lucic, or the bruins in general. This is about a team who employs the worst player in the league to target other teams star players. THAT is classless

    • canadianguest - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Lucic and Miller have nothing to do with the hit last night. This is obvious, to bring it up, and then to state, “i hope erikssons out as long as hes a bruin you fans are classless” is unbelievable. It’s a sport. You root for your team’s success, not for others failures. To wish a player to be injured for three years, the remaining contract for Eriksson, is absolutely incredulous. In one short post, you have managed to show what a worthless waste of oxygen you are voltron217.

      • gallyhatch - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        Let’s face facts, Buffalo fans have nothing to root for but to see other teams fail.

        It’s not like the Sabres or Bills will be winning anything in the near future.

        Hey Voltron, enjoy another winter in Buffalo.

    • theskinsman - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      My goodness, how does riding the short bus to special ed class feel? If that fool Miller doesn’t want to get hit, stay in his crease where he belongs. Scott doesn’t get a very long suspension, Chara,Lucic and Co. will be giving payback to whoever passes for talent on the Sabres.

      • gallyhatch - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        While I don’t agree with the short bus / special ed statement, your comment about Miller staying in the crease is spot on.

        If he wanted to be protected as a goalie, he should have stayed in the crease. If he come’s out near the face off circle to play the puck then he’s just another hockey player.

        Buffalo fans just don’t seem to understand that.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      There is no way Miller was blindsided. He and Lucic were racing for the puck. Why people compare the two events is beyond me. Eriksson played the puck, and should have been protected by the NHL’s rules. Unfortunately, the real retard in the scenario, Kaleta errr Ott errr John Scott plowed right through him.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Keep your head up Erickson.

      • thesportsjudge - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        @greenmtnboyotch If you had said” Keep your head on a swivel” I may have accepted your comment, but since you are clearly trolling, go back to your hole, boy.

  12. voltron217 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    And the reason players like Scott exist is because pu$$y players like Marchand and the rest of the bruins like to take cheap shots on players behind the play or on the way to bench. Its ok keep buying tickets for your buffalo owned team sending your hard earned money to our economy.

    • amityvillefun - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      By the sounds of it, our hard earned money should really be funneled into your school systems out there.

      Marchand gets a bad rap but you don’t see him ruining players’ careers. He’s annoying, but I’ve yet to see him seriously hurt anyone. Unless you count the Sedin brothers’ pride. Plus he can actually play the game. Unlike say, a John Scott…

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Only because he’s a mouse.

    • atteckus - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I love how you have the nerve to come on here and call Marchand that name, because we all know you’d get laid out like a cod in the grocery store seafood window if you said it to him in person. Marchand ain’t no pu$$y. Is he an instigator? Yeah. Does he occasionally break a rule or two? Hell yeah. Is he a pest? OH, HELL YES. But the vast, vast majority of his transgressions are done directly in the opponent’s face. Not only that, Marchand doesn’t run and hide when its time to drop the gloves. He’ll stand and mix it with guys larger than himself, after provoking them. Just ask PK Subban, who took two drubbings from him in one night. You don’t have to like Marchand, and I prefer that you don’t, but you can’t make up claims about him that are untrue.

  13. scalfor3 - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Voltron, you are even more of a loser than your Sabres. Which is saying something, because they’ve lost 10 of their first 11 games.

  14. timmons94 - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I want more heat on that clown behind the Sabres bench. Was still a game when he sent that thug out head hunting. Are u trying to win or trying to prove how tough your team is. Guy is a piece of work.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      Funny, I always respected BRIAN Rolston, so I gave Ron Rolston the benefit of the doubt. Boy, has Ron proven what a loser he is. Brian must have all the class between the two siblings.

  15. voltron217 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    You guys are hilarious! Keyboard tough guys, there was no elbow on the hit lol. And the miller lucic hit is relevant moron. to say lucic bumped him is laughable. And too show what homers you are and have no knowledge outside of tour team miller was out awhile with a concussion from that hit. the fact that scott cant score is your only argument. he is a fighter and has never had a reputation for taking cheap shots. no wonder no one likes boston in general, you people are a bunch of self righteous inbred degenerate jag offs.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Who are you even attempting to reply to?

    • atteckus - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Everyone saw that chicken wing go up, post contact with Eriksson’s head. Quit deluding yourself.

  16. olhockeypop - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Great first Kalleta now Scott suspended not even going to be worth wacthing these games . What are we supposed to do on our powerplay now . God forbid if it goes to a shootout .Who replaces Scott as our ace in the hole for the shootout.. Wait just heard on WGR Buffalo has recalled Val James .

  17. atteckus - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I’m pretty sure that this headhunter garbage came from that twerp loser coach. He looks like he’s auditioning to become a member of the band DEVO. He needs to be fired immediately. Scott needs to be banned. And the Sabres need a complete make over.

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