|Loui Eriksson, Johnny Boychuk expected to return to Bruins lineup vs. Stars||11.05.13 at 11:58 am ET|
Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk are set to return from injuries Tuesday against the Stars. Eriksson has been out with a concussion since Oct. 23, while Boychuk left Thursday’s game after crashing into the boards and did not play Saturday.
Eriksson has passed all the tests required to play, while Boychuk said he is 100 percent. Claude Julien said both are expected to be in Tuesday’s lineup.
“Their status is good,” Julien said. “Loui will definitely be in, more than likely Johnny as well.”
Eriksson skated on the right wing of Patrice Bergeron‘s line in Tuesday’s morning skate. Tuesday marked his fifth consecutive day on the ice, with Monday being the first in which he took contact.
With Eriksson back, the Bruins’ forward lines are as follows:
Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand – Bergeron – Eriksson
Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
Paille – Campbell – Thornton
For Eriksson, it will be his first game playing against the only other NHL team for which he has played.
“I have a lot of good memories from Dallas, when I played there, but right now they’ve changed almost the whole team,” Eriksson said. “It’s a brand new team for them, but I was in Dallas for eight years. You get used to everything there, and you miss some things there, but it’s nice to come here. It’s a real nice city to play in. '¦ I really like it here, and the team is good too.”
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|Rich Peverley reflects on a strange few months, says he’s ‘really proud’ of Tyler Seguin||11.04.13 at 5:36 pm ET|
Rich Peverley knew at the start of the offseason that he wasn’t going to be back in Boston.
He had two years remaining on a three-year, $9.75 million deal he had signed the previous season, but Peter Chiarelli informed him at the exit meetings that the B’s were going to have to trade him to free up cap space.
Now Peverley finds himself in Dallas, having been shipped with Tyler Seguin to the Stars in the July 4 blockbuster.
“No hard feelings,” Peverley said. “It’s a business. You wish them the best, but now I’m focused on being in Dallas.”
Peverley admits that the time between breakup day and the trade was strange. He knew he wasn’t going to be with the Bruins, but he wasn’t a free agent and he didn’t know where he was going. It was strange.
“It definitely was,” he said. “I knew it was coming, but it is what it is. I just kind of got away a little bit. It was a long season, having the lockout and going to Europe and coming back and [playing] all the way to July, it was a long season. I was just trying to clear my mind, but having that in the back of your mind, not knowing where you were going to go was a little bit stressful.”
The veteran forward says he doesn’t regret signing his deal with the Bruins. It was inked the season after he was traded to the Bruins and had won the Cup, so he wanted to stay. The fact that he was moved doesn’t mean he regrets trying to stay as long as he could.
“I don’t have regrets at all,” he said. “I thought I’d be here for those three years, but things change quickly. I don’t know if I would have gotten traded if the salary cap hadn’t gone down, but things happen and you have no control over it. That’s why there are trades in the NHL.”
That brief time between the end of the season and the trade wasn’t the only strange thing Peverley’s encountered the last few months. He missed all of training camp and the first game of the season due to an irregular heartbeat that required a procedure to correct it, and in 13 games he has two goals and five assists for seven points and a plus-3 rating.
Of course, Peverley wasn’t the biggest name that went to Dallas in that trade, and his exit from Boston was certainly less noteworthy than Seguin’s.
Seguin was shipped amidst character concerns after a postseason in which he underperformed on the ice and had a little too much fun off the ice, but Peverley sees a change in Seguin’s attitude and dedication. He would know better than anybody the difference between what Seguin was like in Boston vs. what he’s like in Dallas.
“I’ve been really proud of him, to be honest,” Peverley said. “He’s kind of put it in the back of his mind, and he’s being really professional about it.”
|Tyler Seguin admits he could have done things differently, but regrets nothing||11.04.13 at 3:10 pm ET|
Tyler Seguin is back in town, and on Monday he met with the Boston media for the first time since being traded to the Stars on July 4.
As Peter Chiarelli said, the former second overall pick was traded for a number of reasons, some of which were beyond Seguin’s control. As for the things that Seguin could control, the 21-year-old admitted that he might still be here had he done some things differently, but ultimately he didn’t seem overly remorseful over how things ended.
“I think there were obviously some decisions that I could have made differently, but in the end, people make mistakes,” Seguin said. “Everyone does. I don’t think I regret too much. I’ve faced up to all the music already and I’ve moved on here. I’m very excited to be in Dallas.”
Added Seguin: “Any decisions I made never really affected my job when I came to the rink or ever affected my work ethic.”
Cap reasons and his willingness to compete were two big reasons as to why the B’s moved on from Seguin, but there were also off-ice concerns with Seguin. Most notably, the team needed to hire a security guard to make sure he didn’t sneak out of the team hotel the nights before home games in the playoffs.
Seguin liked it in Boston. He was the best of friends with Brad Marchand, was on a team that regularly contended for the Stanley Cup and was a fan favorite. Asked if he feels a day will come when he regrets the way things played out in the end, Seguin said he wouldn’t take anything back.
“‘Regret’ is not a word I’m using,” he said. “When I look back, I guess you could [say] there was a process, and here we are.”
Overall, Seguin spoke fondly of his time in Boston. He admitted that he has no idea what kind of reception he’ll get from the Garden fans Tuesday, but he enjoyed his time calling it home.
“There’s so many great memories here,” he said. “Obviously my first year, being lucky enough to win a Stanley Cup, and my second year, going to my first All-Star game and leading the team in points, and then last year going to the Cup finals again, there’s some tremendous memories here. It’s a good feeling when I come here. I know I’m not a part of Boston anymore, but it’s always going to be a part of me. I’m still going to visit in the summers all the time, so it’s nice to be here again.”
|John Scott texted Loui Eriksson to apologize for hit||11.04.13 at 1:38 pm ET|
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson said Monday that John Scott sent him a text message to apologize for an elbow to the head that left Eriksson concussed and Scott suspended for seven games.
“He texted me and wrote me an apology,” Eriksson said. “That was good by him.”
Eriksson is nearing a return to the lineup after practicing and taking contact Monday. As for what he felt about the hit, Eriksson said it wasn’t pretty, but he was relatively measured in speaking about it.
“I didn’t remember the first two minutes after I got hit,” Eriksson said. “I’ve seen the replay, and it wasn’t the prettiest hit. The league made a decision to suspend him for seven games, and they took a good look at it. It’s a bad hit, and I don’t have more to say about that.”
|Brad Marchand talks Mike Napoli shirtless celebration, early season struggles||11.04.13 at 1:17 pm ET|
Brad Marchand would know a thing about that. He celebrated the same way when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, and he said seeing the pictures of Napoli brought back memories.
“Yeah, I did,” Marchand said when asked if he saw how Napoli had celebrated. “I did it first, though.”
That was the lightest moment in a conversation that centered mostly on Marchand’s underwhelming start to the season.
Playing between the second and third lines, Marchand has just one goal and three assists with a minus-3 rating through 13 games, hasn’t been his usual aggressive self and has been a turnover machine. He certainly spoke Monday like a player whose confidence has taken a hit.
“I thought I trained as hard this summer as I did any summer,” Marchand said. “I came in and things aren’t going right. It’s definitely frustrating when you can’t pinpoint exactly what’s going wrong. It just seems like everything’s going wrong right now.
“I think it’s more about effort right now and working hard. Normally when you do that and you work harder than you ever have, it will come together.”
When asked about Marchand’s game, Claude Julien was rather blunt.
“He’s not playing the way he should,” the coach said. “There’s nothing coming out of his game right now. '¦ He’s really struggling to find his game, and sometimes you’ve just got to work your way through it.
“Brad is a good skater, and I don’t think he’s skating as well as he can. He’s obviously much better with the puck at managing it, and he hasn’t been great at that either. I think a lot of that is a result of frustration and putting a lot of pressure on himself. It’s not making it any easier.”
Asked if Marchand’s struggles have gotten to the point where a healthy scratch could be in order, a la Milan Lucic last season, Julien laughed and was noncommittal.
“That’s something I’ll address when the time comes,” Julien said., adding: “I go day by day, and if I feel it’s necessary, trust me, I’ll do it.”
|Loui Eriksson takes contact, could return Tuesday vs. Stars||11.04.13 at 12:49 pm ET|
Both Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk were on the ice for Monday’s practice, with Eriksson participating fully and taking contact for the first time since suffering a concussion last month against the Sabres.
Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Marchand/Caron – Bergeron – Eriksson
Soderberg – Kelly – Smith
Paille – Campbell – Thornton
After practice, Eriksson said that he hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday against his former team.
“The head is getting better and I’m feeling pretty good right now,” he said. “We’ll see about tomorrow. I still have some testing to do, but I’m feeling much better than when I got hit.”
It was just last Monday that Julien had said that Eriksson was “at least” a week away from skating, but he’s zipped through the stages of protocol and could potentially play Tuesday.
“As long as you’ve passed all the different stages of the protocol, you’re good,” Julien said. “He went through one and felt good, then skated, then skated with us on the Island and he skated again yesterday. He’s had no issues so far. Today he had the opportunity to have a full workout with the team, and he still has to go through some tests before he’s cleared, and we’ll go day by day with his situation.”
As for Boychuk, Julien said the defenseman is still considered day-to-day. Boychuk left Thursday’s game against the Ducks after crashing into the boards in the second period and did not play Saturday against the Islanders.
|Report: Bruins send Ryan Spooner back to Providence||11.03.13 at 3:22 pm ET|
According to Kirk Luedeke, the Bruins have sent forward Ryan Spooner back to Providence. Spooner was recalled Thursday and has played in the Bruins’ last two games, picking up a secondary assist in each contest.
With Spooner back in Providence, the Bruins can insert Jordan Caron back into the lineup after the 23-year-old spent the last two games as a healthy scratch. It is also an indication that Loui Eriksson, who is back skating, is getting closer to making a return to the lineup.
Eriksson skated in Saturday’s morning skate (non-contact), and it is currently unknown whether he has been cleared to take contact. Whether he participates in practice Monday will be very telling in that regard.
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