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Eriksson: First time back in Dallas feels ‘little bit weird’

Jan 16, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 3: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Boston Bruins walks to the locker room after warm ups prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden on October 3, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Loui Eriksson will play in Dallas tonight for the first time since this summer’s blockbuster move to Boston, and acknowledged it’s a strange sensation going back home.

“It’s a little bit weird,” he said, per”Coming in here and walking into the other locker room. I’ve never been in [the visiting] locker room so it’s kind of weird. But it’s nice to be here and I’m excited to get going [Thursday].”

Eriksson, 28, was drafted by Dallas in the second round (33rd overall) of the star-studded 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and proceeded to spend the first seven years of his career with the organization. He achieved great success in Dallas — scoring a career-high 73 points in 2010-11, making the All-Star team — and played a key role in the Stars’ run to the 2008 Western Conference Final, scoring eight points in 18 games.

While the early part of his tenure in Boston has been marred by a pair of concussions, Eriksson is healthy now and looking return to the form he showed in November, when he scored 11 points in 14 games and really started to show the Bruins what he could do.

  1. slaugin - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I really hope he turns out to be more than what he has shown so far. Even before the concussions he was pretty unimpressive, Reilly Smith looks like the better player of the trade thus far.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      It was always about Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser. Eriksson was the fill in until Reilly was ready to be the next star.

      I hope Eriksson shows more just for his own sake.

      • bildomatic - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Haha there is no way it was “Always about Reilly Smith”. I know the Bruins have commented that they did not view Reilly as the “throw in”, but they also didn’t expect what he’s been able to give them this season. He was battling for the vacancy on the 3rd line in camp and has stepped up admirably with the injuries, but there’s no way the Bruins made the deal for him and Loui was merely a placeholder.

      • supercoop8 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        You’re joking right?

      • jcmeyer10 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        I didn’t mean for it to say it was about Reilly Smith, I included the other two prospects too so please don’t cherry pick but my wording was ambiguous at best.

        I was just trying to say that they knew they were getting the older player and that they were rolling the dice on three young players who they thought could potentially become very good.

        Eriksson on average will probably give you 75% of the offense and 50% more defense than Seguin so you two are right, he’s not a place holder. But Seguin theoretically does have more years in the league left and he is signed for longer than Eriksson and it’s not like the Bruins have gone out of their way to lock this guy up longer term.

      • bildomatic - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        Loui isn’t a UFA until 16-17 season so the Bruins wouldn’t even begin negotiations until the 15-16 season at the earliest…

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