The stage appears set for a proper showing of this summer’s biggest trade. Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is expected to play against the Dallas Stars, his former team, when the two clubs meet on Tuesday night.
Joe Haggerty of Comcast SportsNet New England writes that Eriksson has participated in on-ice activity in five straight days and has not experienced the return of concussion symptoms. Eriksson stated after morning skate that he was feeling improved and that medical testing had been positive, via CSN New England:
“The testing all came out pretty good,” said Eriksson. “I don’t think I’ll be thinking much about it if I play tonight. Obviously I’m going to do the things I’m good at, and not think about the last game I played. I’m just happy that I’m feeling good now, and that I had a good recovery.”
Eriksson was acquired this past July in a blockbuster trade involving forward Tyler Seguin.
Seguin was originally acquired as one of the first-round draft picks in the Bruins trade of Phil Kessel and is projected to have a promising career. However, internal concerns about his development and limited salary cap space acted as primary factors in the organization’s decision to pull the trigger on the deal.
Eriksson has long been considered the NHL’s “best kept secret” and was viewed as a quality return. Of course, the long-term potential of Seguin is bright and many believe Boston will regret the deal in the years to come. In addition, the Bruins also sent Rich Peverley to Dallas, a player who had cemented a role in the Bruins’ bottom six. He and Seguin were both members of the Bruins teams that qualified for the Stanley Cup in two of the last three seasons and collected championship rings in 2011.
Tuesday night will mark the first time that they will face their former team and return to the city in which they achieved the ultimate goal. It was also be the first occasion to size up the quality of the trade, at least, as it pertains to public opinion.