The long-term potential of Tyler Seguin will be debated for quite some time but the Bruins confirmed in their Fourth of July blockbuster trade with Dallas that their focus remains on contending for a Stanley Cup in the short-term. By bringing in Dallas forward Loui Eriksson, the B’s will have a consistent scorer going forward. The 6-foot-1 inch, 189-pound Swede, who recorded 29 points in the 2013 lockout shortened season, spoke with the media for the first time since the trade Monday.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in Boston,” the 27-year-old Eriksson said. “It’s a really good team. You know, the last couple years they’ve been a really good team, so I’m real excited to go there and play. Everything happened really fast with the trade, but I’m really excited and I’m really looking forward to it. It will be awesome to come there and play. I’m going to try to play my best and try to help them win the Cup.”
Eriksson has experience on both the left and right wings but will primarily be used on the right side in Boston.
“I think that will be a good fit for me,” Eriksson said. “I know they have real good players, especially [Patrice] Bergeron and they have [David] Krejci as centermen, and they have a lot of good players to play with. So I don’t think it will be any problem to play with those guys because they’re going to make me better and I’m going to try to make them better, too. So it will be real nice to come and play with them.”
The B’s will also find a place on the right side for newly signed forward Jarome Iginla, who totaled 33 points a year ago.