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Loui Eriksson takes contact, could return Tuesday vs. Stars 11.04.13 at 12:49 pm ET
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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.

Claude Julien also tweaked his lines a bit, moving Reilly Smith down to the third line and having Jordan Caron as the extra forward on Patrice Bergeron‘s line.

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.

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Report: Bruins send Ryan Spooner back to Providence 11.03.13 at 3:22 pm ET
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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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Loui Eriksson skates with Bruins teammates 11.02.13 at 12:31 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson took the ice with his Bruins teammates for morning skate at Nassau Coliseum Saturday, marking the first time he’s stated since suffering a concussion last Wednesday against the Sabres.

Morning skates are non-contact and are usually a good opportunity for teams to get rehabbing players back on the ice with the rest of the team. Claude Julien had said Friday that Eriksson had passed the exertion test required to begin working out.

Johnny Boychuk, who is day-to-day after crashing into the boards in the second period Thursday against the Ducks, was not on the ice Saturday.

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Loui Eriksson passes exertion test, can work out 11.01.13 at 4:02 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins delivered some good news on the Loui Eriksson front Friday, as coach Claude Julien said that Eriksson, who has been out with a concussion since last Wednesday, passed the exertion test required to begin working out.

Eriksson has yet to begin skating and isn’t expected to until next week at the earliest, but the fact that he’s progressing is obviously a good sign.

“That’s still a day-to-day process,” Julien said of Eriksson’s progress. “Whether he keeps moving forward or whether we have to hold him back, we’ll only know one day at a time.”

Eriksson suffered his concussion on a headshot from Sabres forward John Scott. The league suspended Scott seven games for the hit.

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NHL suspends John Scott seven games for hit on Loui Eriksson 10.31.13 at 5:45 pm ET
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Sabres forward John Scott has been suspended seven games for his illegal check to the head of Bruins forward Loui Eriksson last Wednesday, the Department of Player Safety announced Thursday.

Scott had already served three games prior to his in-person hearing Thursday, so he will miss the Sabres’ next four games and be eligible to return Nov. 8 against the Ducks. He will forfeit $26,923.05 of salary over the course of his suspension. This is the first time the 6-foot-8 Scott has received supplemental discipline for a hit.

Eriksson suffered a concussion on the hit and has yet to resume skating since the play. The injury was taken into consideration when determining Scott’s punishment.

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Loui Eriksson won’t start skating for at least another week 10.28.13 at 5:37 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Loui Eriksson wasn’t on the ice Monday and won’t be for the time being, but he was at Ristuccia Arena to see his teammates.

Eriksson, who is dealing with a concussion suffered last Wednesday on an elbow to the head from John Scott, isn’t expected to be back on the ice for at least another week, Claude Julien said. Given the uncertainty that surround concussions, it could be longer.

“The good news is that he did show up this morning,” Julien said, “and that’s usually good news when a guy can come in and leave his home and come to the rink.

“We’re taking it day by day with him. I think you’re probably not going to see him in the next week. He’s not going to skate for the next week, so we’re at that stage right now.”

Scott will have his in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Tuesday, where his suspension will be decided. Scott has already missed two games and will miss a third Monday.

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Michael Ryder explains why he didn’t take Bruins’ offer in free agency 10.26.13 at 1:01 pm ET
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Michael Ryder played three seasons for the Bruins. (AP)

Michael Ryder played three seasons for the Bruins. (AP)

The Bruins’ big splash on the first day of free agency was Jarome Iginla, but that came after a player they had targeted signed with the Devils. That player was former Canadien, Bruin, Star and Canadien (again) Michael Ryder, whose decision reportedly came down to offers from the Bruins and Devils.

“We had a couple conversations back and forth with my agent, but I decided to end up coming to Jersey,” Ryder, who is in town with his new team, said Saturday. “It just seemed like a good fit for me. Lou [Lamoriello] and them were really excited and told me the opportunity I’d get here. I just thought it was the best fit.”

That isn’t the only reason. Ryder, who spent three seasons with the Bruins from 2008-2011 and was third on the B’s with eight playoff goals during their 2011 Stanley Cup run, wasn’t thrilled with the way things ended between he and the Bruins.

After the B’s won the Stanley Cup, Ryder was interested in returning, but was told by the B’s to test free agency and see what he could get. He did just that and took a two-year, $7 million deal with the Stars.

“I think if they wanted to keep me, they probably would have tried to sign me [after the 2010-11 season],” Ryder said last season when he was in town with the Habs.

The 33-year-old forward reiterated that Saturday, saying that the Bruins had the chance to sign him years ago and didn’t.

“Once I left here, after we won the Cup, I thought I might have a shot of coming back then, but it didn’t really happen,” he said. “We didn’t really talk.”

As such, Ryder said he was “definitely” surprised to hear from the Bruins this summer. He didn’t say he was less inclined to sign with the Bruins because of how things had ended after 2010-11, but he did say that he had put the B’s in his past.

“You move on, and it’s part of the business,” he said. “That’s just the way it is. I ended up in Dallas, which was great, and then last year I ended up getting traded back to Montreal. This year, I’m here in Jersey. It’s part of the game, and the way the hockey world works I guess.”

Another interesting fact about Michael Ryder and the Bruins? He was a linemate of both Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson, who were traded for one another this summer. Ryder assisted Seguin’s first NHL goal and was his linemate for much of Seguin’s rookie season before teaming up with Eriksson and the Stars.

Ryder said he was surprised to see the Bruins move on from Seguin after three seasons with the team, acknowledging, as many have, that Seguin and the B’s may not have been the best fit for one another.

“He was their first pick, and it’s always surprising to see someone go,” Ryder said. “Tyler’s still a young kid and [with the fit] here, I guess they decided that it was time to move on. I played with Loui also in Dallas. The two of those are great players, and maybe it’s good for Tyler to get a good start somewhere. He’s doing well so far and he’s going to do well. He’s that type of player.

“He’s got a lot of speed and can shoot the puck and stuff,” Ryder added of Seguin. “He’s going to be a star in this league, and it’s just about when he got the opportunity. I guess they thought it wasn’t a good fit for him here. Hopefully in Dallas it works out for him.”

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