While Loui Eriksson won’t be traveling with the rest of the Bruins to Nashville for the B’s final game prior to a three-day Christmas break around the Dec. 25 holiday, Eriksson was spotted looking happy and healthy around the B’s training facility at Ristuccia Arena on Sunday.
Eriksson wore a Red Sox baseball hat, and had a smile on his face as he joked around with his teammates prior to leaving the practice rank for the long holiday break. Claude Julien said the mere sight of the Swedish winger, who has been out more than two weeks with a concussion, was an encouraging sign.
"(Eriksson) doesn’t mind being around right now and that’s a step in the right direction where, at one point he couldn’t tolerate too much noise or too much activity around him," said Julien. "So it’s a step in the right direction here."
That was in direct contrast to the week before, when Eriksson hadn't yet made contact with B's officials.
Eriksson has missed a grand total of 12 games with the two concussions suffered at the hands of John Scott and Orpik, and has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in 24 games during his first season with the Black and Gold. There has been no timetable set on Eriksson, and B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated they would take their time with the winger after suffering two head injuries within two months of each other.