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Julien: Eriksson doing okay for a guy that has a concussion

Oct 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins plays the puck down the ice against Cory Sarich #16 of the Colorado Avalanche in the first period during the game on October 10, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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The Buffalo Sabres are waiting for John Scott to have an in-person hearing on Oct. 31, so they still aren’t sure how long they’ll be without their forward. The Boston Bruins can say the same about Loui Eriksson‘s uncertain timetable, but that’s where the similarities end.

Scott, who is suspended until the hearing, is being punished because of a high hit he delivered to Eriksson on Wednesday. The star Bruins player is out indefinitely with a concussion.

“Loui is doing okay, I guess, for a guy that suffered a concussion,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien told CSN New England today. “It’s the same thing, you have a good day and you have less of a good day. It’s early on, but like always you keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get better sooner rather than later for his sake.”

Julien is unfortunately well versed in how concussions work given the number of noteworthy Bruins that have dealt with this type of injury over the years. Among others, Marc Savard‘s career was ended due to head injuries.

For now, Brad Marchand will help fill the void by playing alongside Patrice Bergeron. Both of those players have also dealt with concussions during their careers.

The 7-2-0 Bruins will take on the New Jersey Devils tonight.

  1. titansbro - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Not the same boat at all. Ericsson is a really good player while Scott isn’t good at all. In fact, the Sabres are probably better without him. Soo not the same boat.

    • nunan - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Great point. I think the Bs do have the talent to keep winning w/o Eriksson, both on the current roster and with a couple guys they have in Providence. They can bide their time and play it extra safe where Eriksson has no pressure to return to the lineup too early. You’d like to think that is the case no matter what time of the season it is but we all know guys try to rush back when they are fighting for a playoff spot or they are actually in the playoffs. It’s early in the season and the Bs can keep pushing forward w/o him.

    • Ryan Dadoun - Oct 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      My apologies. I was strictly speaking about the fact that it’s not clear when either player will return, I wasn’t trying to compare the Bruins and Sabres or Eriksson and Scott in any other way. Still, in retrospect I don’t think I was clear enough, so I removed that sentence.

    • billyoke69 - Oct 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Believe it or not Scott can skate.His size is the problem.He ducked down best he could,the puck just left his stick(loui) and unfortunately we have very few players who have yet to stick up for what was done to Miller.If the Miller hit had happened in that game that hit would have been viewed differently.I do not condone any head hits but look at whats going on in the NHL these days.Players are dropping like flies.Very few people know John Scott personally,but he is a gentle giant.The fight afterword,he didn’t throw punches like he can,he let the opposing player do his thing.Chara crossed checked a player out of the game in the face the next day,why because he can skate?Let them both settle this once and for all and let the chips fall where they may.

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