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Julien points to Eriksson as answer to Iginla departure

Jul 24, 2014, 10:14 PM EDT

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Up against the cap, the Boston Bruins lost unrestricted free agent Jarome Iginla to the Colorado Avalanche over the summer. Watching a 30-goal scorer walk away is tough, but Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t seem too concerned.

“We lost Jarome, but I think Loui Eriksson is a player that can be even better than he was last year,” Julien told “I think we started seeing that at the end of the year and he could be a replacement for Jarome.”

After being acquired last summer as part of the Tyler Seguin deal, Eriksson had just 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games in 2013-14. However, he also suffered two concussions, which contributed to his campaign being derailed.

If Eriksson is able to mesh with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on the Bruins’ top line, then Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith, and Brad Marchand might round out the top six. Chris Kelly (back) missed the playoffs, but he’s expected to be fine for the start of the 2014-15 campaign and should play on the third line with Carl Soderberg.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM


  2. dboldave - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Still think there is a move to be made. I mean, there HAS to be a move made with all of the defensemen they have!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      That’s what surprised me – I would have expected them to make a move at the draft. I think the writing was on the wall that they weren’t going to retain Iginla so maybe packaging a pick with one of the young defensemen for a top six winger.

  3. clayman61 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    There is no way He can replace Iginla.. He may fill the spot on the line but he’s no #12.. Just my opinion.

    • avscup - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      All I’ve been hearing is how Iginla is old and won’t improve the Avs. I have to laugh.

      Sorry he’s gone from the Bruins but glad he’s an Av. I hope Loui is healed.

      • shaundre93 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        His leadership will most definitely improve the team, but I’ll be very intrigued to see how he actually plays. Bruins just play a slow style, so I feel like his lack of speed wasn’t really exposed. I feel like he will be boom or bust in Colorado. Either he wont be able to keep up or the speed around him will provide him with more time/space than he had in Boston. Just gonna have to wait and see

      • avscup - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        So much has been made of the speed and yet he’s a first second HOF’er. He’ll be fine. He’s not slower than Stastny, just a lot tougher!

        So much has been made of his age also, he’s a freak of nature. Kinda like Selanne. His numbers at 40…80 pts!

        Iggy is a rare breed. I think he will add a lot more than just points. Leadership and grit are a major ingredient the Avs have lacked.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Is this the same 12 that completely disappeared in the playoffs?

      • pepper2011 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        Scary thing is he led the B’s in playoff goals. Krejci was invisible which didn’t help. He was good last year, but not amazing. Much like Recchi in his last couple years. He’s not a first line guy anymore and is more than likely 6th or 7th forward. I know he had 30 goals, but I feel like that is deceiving. He seemed to have a lot of puck luck. I know the great ones always seem to, and maybe it’s been his that way his whole career, but he wasn’t the sniper I was hoping for. 5 Empty net goals. and I can remember a couple just garbage goals… they don’t ask how, just how many. Krejci and Lucic also create a TON of space. Krejci with his ability to control pace and Lucic with size. Iginla had eerily similar numbers to Horton when he was on that line. I think 30 year old iggy would have had 50 with that line.

        Eriksson will be fine as long as he can stay healthy. Having Lucic on his wing will probably discourage him being targeted a bit. He was learning a new system and couldn’t get into a rhythm. I have no doubt he will be able to net 25 goals this year either on the 1st line, or with Soderberg.

        Lets not forget he was on Sweden’s top line in the Olympics. as soon as Crappy Chris kelly was not his line; he and Soderberg started to gel.

        Also – kind of excited to see some the young guys get a chance. Spooner, khokhlachev, Fraser, and it seems even Pastrnak.

        Soderberg is a legit.

  4. charastein - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Losing Iginla sucked. He made a great Bruin and fit the mold perfectly.

  5. einjzmolf - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    There’s a slight chance he’ll come close to the goal production but he isn’t Iginla when you get your eyes off the points sheet. You traded a ‘non-Bruin’ for a ‘non-Bruin.’ PS thanks for Tyler Seguin AND Rich Peverley, the forgotten piece of that trade.

    • shaundre93 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      I’ll take your Peverly and raise you a Matt Fraser. Ps, not a forgotten piece of that trade for B’s fans. Loved Pevs but his lack of production + cap hit = needed to be traded. Much like Kelly right now.

      I see no reason why Loui can’t have a big comeback. New team, new conference, two concussions, played the majority of the year on the third line and he still put up over .5 ppg. He had a prorated 50 pt season, which in the B’s system is nothing to scoff at considering their leading scorer is generally under 70 pts. Oh, and he is reliable in all zones and kills penalties. If Loui and Reilly each put up 25G 60pt seasons to go along with their very solid 3 zone play will people finally admit the B’s made a decent trade? Not to mention if fraser plays the full year in Boston. Probably not though, cuz Seguin puts up pretty stats, and that’s all people care about

      • einjzmolf - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        I’m glad Matt Fraser is getting a chance, hes a prospect I’d been following and looking forward to. I’m not hating on the Bruins what-so-ever, don’t get so defensive even though I know that’s all you folks ‘care about’ (see funny pun har har.) Also, I didn’t mention a single point, why did you get so mad and rhyme off ‘prorated’ points on top of ‘speculated points?’ Sounds like you’re trying too hard to ‘win’ the trade. It was an even trade, all I said was thanks for Seguin. I like a player, doesn’t mean you need to blow a gasket trying to compare an entire lines worth of players to him to try and ‘win,’ just makes you look like you’re trying too hard lol. Sorry for angering you.

      • shaundre93 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        I think you’re looking too much into what I said. The stuff about Eriksson was as much in response to the article as it was to your post. Also, I was simply saying you think of pevs as the “forgotten piece” while I tend to think of Fraser in the same way. I agree that it was a square hockey deal, but all I’ve heard this summer is that Boston made a catastrophic mistake, your post kinda gave off that vibe.

  6. charastein - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    And how’s Peverly working out for ya?

    • shaundre93 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Lol, poor taste but I have thought about that… From a business perspective, the Bruins lucked out big time. I would like nothing more than for him to bounce back and have a good season/career though

  7. blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:35 AM


    The Boston Bruins were my ‘first ever’ favorite team starting way back in 1967, when I first became a fan of NHL hockey as an eight year old boy in Montreal. Today however, such is not the case. “Oh, what the passage of time can entail my friends” … Jacob 12:9

  8. canada2014gold - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    I forgot how far the nucks have fallen from grace. The Bruins are actually unhappy with that top six??? They will be a contender for at least another 2-3 years.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Part of it is Bruins fans thinking they can afford a stud at every position.

  9. yette1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    IMO, this is a big mistake. Eriksson is not a Bruins type player. Won’t go in the corner and work the wall. Doesn’t appear to excel in any phase of the game. Don’t think he’ll mesh with Lucic and Krejci

    The trade with Dallas was a giant loss for the Bs, it didn’t get much scutiny because Iggy played well and the team had a great regular season. Wish Seguin was still in the spoked B.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Giant loss? Reilly Smith?

    • stepanup - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Bruins fans have their heads shoved so far up their own a$$ sometimes when it comes to what is an acceptable play style. Could have Patrick Kane and he wouldn’t “be a Bruins type of player.” Seguin comes in 4th in the NHL in points, and is a plus player, and is “not a Bruins kind of player.”

      • pepper2011 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        There are definitely Bruins Type players,but a lot of people seem to not understand what that is. It’s not about hitting and being ‘tough’. It’s about playing a system where Defense comes first. That can often times involved being physical (every team in the league should have their teammates backs, if needed). Every team should want guys that care about team success more than personal.

        Eriksson is a Bruin type player. No, he’s not Lucic, but neither is Krejci, Bergeron, Soderberg, Smith, or even Marchand.

        It’s about taking a hit to make the right play, winning battles, and making the right play -understanding rotations, and when to take risks. Making sure if you are taking a chance; that you have back up.

        Seguin is not a Bruins type player, Kessel is not either. Patrick Kane is. Kessel and Seguin have appeared to be happier with personal stats than team success. Those guys just wanted to score and will sacrifice defense for an offensive opportunity. For all the maturity issues you heard about Kane – they always seemed to be in the off season.

        @yette – Reilly Smith has as many post season goals as Seguin has in the last 46 games. Seguin has 4 goals in his last 46 playoff games – going all the way back to game 2 against the Lightening in game 2 of conference finals. Smith had 4 in 12 games.

        6 of his 21 career playoff points (48 games) game in a two game span where Tampa seemed to have no idea that kid could fly. He will put up 80-100pts for the next decade, but I don’t see Dallas winning with him.

        He is a very good player, but his play style/dedication isn’t a new issue. He was left off the world Juniors for the same reasons…

        Everyone keeps forgetting Joe Morrow too – after a terrible start he turned it around. he’d be pushing for a roster spot on a lot of teams; B’s are just very deep. He’s only 21 and, most D men don’t really make it until mid 20’s. Look at Bartkowski – he is 26, same with Miller, and Warsofky is 24. Give the kid a few years in one teams system; he has been bounced around. Can’t be good for the confidence of 20 year old to be dealt 3 times in just about a year. Lets not forget he was the center piece in the Calgary/Pitt Iginla trade.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Michael Ryder wasn’t known as a physical or defensive beast, but when they needed him, he was in position. Show me Seguin back checking like this… not just the save.

  10. jpelle82 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    what he’s really saying is: we made that bed, now we gotta lie in it.

  11. nhstateline - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Great, they’ll be just as slow as they were last year and not physically stronger either. The thing I was surprised at with Loui was how slow he actually is. Didn’t get as clear a sense from that watching him play for Dallas. He’s not physical, he’s not fast thus he doesn’t solve the actual problem this line had against Montreal. I’m one of those folks who only cares about winning the Cup. Presidents Trophy and individual awards ? Don’t care at all thus last season was clearly a failure, the last trade deadline was a failure that led to the next failure and the failure to address the loss of Iginla will be the next failure. I think overall Peter Chiarelli has done an excellent job with the Bruins during his tenure here but I don’t think that’s true in any way during the last 17 months. It’s been one failure after another.

    • shaundre93 - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      So what would you have done to improve the 1st place team in the NHL at the deadline? Was it THAT obvious that Bartkowski, who finished like +25 playing 20+ min a night would fold in the playoffs? The B’s lose a game 7 to the one team they couldn’t seem to beat this season thus the whole year is a failure? They win that one game, its a new ball game. Its not as if LA waltzed through the postseason. I understand “win now” but that just makes you sound like an over entitled Boston sports fan. If not for Price, B’s win that series in 5. People forget it was only games 6/7 they were bad in, for whatever reason. In the last 17 months, the B’s have made the final, won the Presidents trophy, seen huge contributions from unknowns like Krug, Miller, Bartkowski, Soderberg who were brought here by PC. They have a very deep prospect pool, at all positions, really only lacking a top scorer. I know its disappointing not winning the cup every year, but we’re damn lucky to have a team in the running every year. You could be an isles fan, and you have the gall to say the Bruins have followed one failure with another? Come on now. And Loui may not be fast but he’ll move the puck better than iginla, I think that could help the line. Players like Spooner, Koko and pastrnak look to be the guys who will be relied upon for speed.

      • nhstateline - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        First, it isn’t over entitled in Boston, it’s heavily invested. The Bruins now have the fifth (could be the sixth) highest ticket prices in the NHL. For that level of investment, I expect a product every year that tries to be the best. Then there’s the extra money on our cable bills for NESN and its pricey fee per subscriber. And the $8.50 beers to generate hrr, let’s not forget those. The investment made increases my expectations for the team. I expect them to do everything they can to win every year because of this and I don’t feel they did last year.
        Second, it wasn’t just Price, Montreal as a team did an excellent job of pushing and keeping the Bruins to edges rather than shooting from the middle. Price was awesome but so was their overall commitment to team defense. They looked faster and more physical through most of the series. It wasn’t just two games. And it explained all those Bruins misses. Harder to shoot accurately from where they were shooting in that series.
        Third, it wasn’t just Bart. Trying to win in the playoffs with three young dmen is a recipe for not winning in the playoffs. Bart’s mistakes were higher profile but all of them contributed and it meant that Chara had to do a lot more hence he got worn down. People say “well you can’t get a Dennis Seidenberg at the deadline.” Oh yeah ? Go look at when they did get Dennis Seidenberg. They got into one big deal for a dman that was dependent on another team making another trade. What kind of strategy is that ? Not a good one in my opinion.
        Fourth, there’s too much complacency on that roster and has been for a good while. When they’re motivated, they’re awesome but too often half the team doesn’t show up. They need more guys for whom winning is the only thing. And that doesn’t mean big money. It means more players with more commitment than what they have right now (and it isn’t just Marchand either, several of their big names are inconsisten this wayt). Montreal specifically looked for this personality type in its fa signings last summer and its in season acquisitions During that series, there was no question to me which team cared more. Montreal did. The Bruins used to have that and should go back to specifically looking at it.
        Fifth, Pasternak played in the Swedish second league not the SHL meaning nobody really knows how he will do against this kind of competition. I get that they’re playing him up for marketing reasons but it’s hard to say what he will do. Koko will be regarded as “not a Bruins type player” in a couple of years if I had to guess. He’s offensively really gifted but his defensive commitment varies. That gets guys traded out of here. Spooner and Florek will be NHL players and so will Warsofsky and he’s kind of fast but none of those guys transform a roster.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        @NH – Although I would have liked to have seen them do a bit more at the deadline. At what cost? I’m not trading any of their higher end talent for a rental.

        Weaver is the guy I would have liked to have seen them land, but there wasn’t a lot out there. Their defense wasn’t really the problem. I have to assume they didn’t know Mcquaid was done, and if they won one more game Seidenberg was back. They were onto their 9th D man.

        Who did you want? I mean Weaver and Gaborik were the two guys (St Louis too) that helped their teams. Andy McDonald is terrible. Robidas plays half a season every year.

        Who could they have landed? there were not a lot of sellers last year. Who did you want Edler, Yandle? ok, so that haul would have been, what? Spooner, 1st and Bart? Subban?

        not to mention they are already held down by the Cap, now add another 5m cause those guys were long term.

        I want them to do everything to win every year too, but it is also a business, and they have to weigh the future. Getting a guy from Vancouver who was a – 122 for the next 5 years is kinda sketchy. Especially when you lose 2 or 3 guys you have under control for relatively cheap for the next 5 years. They didn’t overreact to a temporary problem. I am ok with that. They now have 9 NHL ready defensemen. Adding Edler, Yandle, etc.. to that really wouldn’t make much sense.

        They have Krejci, Krug and Soderberg to worry about. Krejci will get 7m on open market. They can’t/wont pay that.

        I am guessing their plan is to see what they have with Soderberg, Spooner and khokhlachev to see if they can move on from Krejci. If not, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dealt.

        I am still convinced the B’s beat themselves against the Habs. They were not composed, and just didn’t finish. As bad as they played; they lost in game 7.

        Since 2011 they have made it to two Cup finals, and game 7 semi and a 1st rd bounce. You talk of cost (tix, beer, parking, etc..) well – they the third best performing team in the NHL over the last 4 years. Chicago and LA are the only teams above them.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I also think they thought (as I did too) that Miller would be better. I really thought he was going to have a monster playoff.

        Also – Dougie Hamilton is up after this year. He’ll be in the $3-$4m range.

      • gallyhatch - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        I agree with a lot of what nhstateline said, and he clearly knows a more about the younger guys than I do (I don’t follow the AHL all that much), but I also agree with pepper2011 when he asks what could they have done at the deadline that would have made sense in the short term and long term?

        It’s very easy to say ‘They didn’t do enough’, Felger does it all the time which I think is foolish, because the asking price for any available d-men was very high for the Bruins since Seidenberg went down. Should they have given up multiple prospects / picks for McDonald? I didn’t want to see it happen, I think Pepper is spot on in his assessment of players available for trade, and the player the Bruins needed wasn’t available at the deadline. I don’t understand the mentality of making a trade just for the sake of making a trade. If the trade you want isn’t there, stand pat.

        Regarding the cost of the Bruins live experience, again, I have to ask, what do you want to see them do? It’s not like they aren’t spending money. Chiarelli has certainly made his share of mistakes, but he’s made some great moves too. The Seidenberg contract is a steal for what that guy brings to the table. They have a great core of players. Is there some complacency there? Absolutely there is, but they are still one of the best teams in the NHL.
        I could understand crying about how much the tickets are if the team isn’t spending to the cap, but they are. . . . what more do you want?

        I think winning the cup has actually had a negative effect regarding Julien. He’s so f’ing stubborn with his approach, and he’s only further emboldened having been successful with it. Putting the 4th line out for an offensive zone faceoff 1/2 way through the 3rd in game 7 made me want to pull my hair out. He’s a good coach, but he’s not without his faults either.

  12. nhstateline - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Krug & Bart were acquired outside that timeframe. Iginla came to them not the other way around , as for the seguin trade, they got a decent return, it was more the whole idea of it I still don’t like. The thing I would have done last season was done statisticalanalysis. It would have shown montreal had gotten much better during the season & were the most likely team in the east to best the bruins. (I know this because I did just that. You think the bruins hiring an advanced metrics guy this summer is s coincidence ? I don’t). Their problems were going to be on d & their inability to get the puck to the middle of the ice because the habs were quicker & had dominated in that area. This was all easy to get data. & the bruins put none of it to work this past season. As for prospects , they have some now but not what la or Detroit have because their drafts were so lousy for so long & that meant they didn’t have the depth of prospects to trade last spring like some other teams do. I follow the ahl & know what the p bruins have relative to other teams. It’s ok but not exceptional.

  13. nhstateline - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Yandle absolutely. And for a guy like that with term left on the deal, absolutely I would trade some of those prospects. The one guy I would be hesitant to trade, Koko, they’ve already tried to move twice. So they aren’t gunshy about moving him and Chiarelli has done a relatively good job of identifying players to move in deals like this that won’t end up coming back to haunt them. I like Koko a lot but also question if they will put up with a guy who is that offensive minded and Bart’s a solid D man but that’s it. Same with Spooner, Florek and Warsofsky. All solid players but not the difference between winning the Cup and losing in the second round of the playoffs. I also like Joe Morrow a lot but, again, what would the return be ? For the right player, sure do it.

    Given that Rask is the goalie for the foreseeable future, I mean Subban likely gets traded in one of these deal some year. anyway. And if it brought back a player like Yandle that would be ok. My question was why did they not have an executable plan B in case the Edler deal feel through that could have worked ? That was a strategic mistake. Plus they have 9 NHL ready D men and will soon have another one so some of those guys are going to be moved soon.

    I liked Weaver and thought he would have fit here. I was disappointed they didn’t land him. That’s the kind of sparkplug guy they used to have and I thought the lack of that kind of player was something that stood out throughout the playoffs.

    Notice what I said thought: Chiarelli has done an excellent job overall in his time here. I don’t think this is true in the last 17 months nor do I think he should get fired for it. My particular gripe is that they didn’t adjust their team to what was going on in the real world around them when it was very obvious that Montreal had, last year and in season, built a team that was designed specifically to beat them as it did. The one thing I would have liked to have seen them do is make a trade in January. The Bruins have lots of assets including guys on their AHL roster who would be pushing to get onto other people’s NHL roster. Montreal did things like this in season, The Bruins didn’t respond and in this playoff format not responding to the direct competitions moves to try to beat you is not fully competing.

    At the end of the Montreal series when people were ripping some of the players, especially Bart, I didn’t think that was fair. They did the best they could under the circumstances and, while I think that roster is too complacent a lot of the time, I didn’t think Bart especially was lacking in effort. I blame the guy who put Bart and the others in that position in the first place: the GM.

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