BOSTON -- With little fanfare and the kind of modest, sensible and polite answers one comes to expect from Swedish players making their living in the NHL, Loui Eriksson had his first formal introduction to Boston on Monday morning.
Eriksson held a 25-minute conference with Bruins reporters that detailed the 27-year-old winger's excitement moving from the playoff-bereft Dallas Stars to a Bruins franchise that's been among the NHL elite for the last five years.
"It's a good hockey town. I've heard good things about the whole city," said Eriksson. "I'll be ready to play there, and it will be awesome."
"It will definitely be different than in Dallas (as a hockey market). That's for sure. The Bruins have been one of the best teams in the league for the last years. I'm just looking forward to doing what I can to help them get into the playoffs, and try to win a Cup."
Eriksson is coming off what he termed a "weird" season in the lockout-shortened campaign where his points-per-game were down, but he's also looking forward to a strong rebound year in Boston. The fact he averaged 29.5 goals and 69.5 points over the previous four full seasons would speak to his aims for a productive year.
"It was a weird year. I played on a lot of different lines and never really got that full confidence," said Eriksson, who also lamented that many of goal-scoring chances died by way of the post. "I'm looking forward to getting ready and having a good season (in Boston)."
Part of the plan to maximize Eriksson's offensive and two-way abilities at the right wing spot is to have him play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, a plum spot for any winger.
There's also Eriksson's connection with fellow Swedish forward Carl Soderberg when both played in the Swedish junior leagues together. The presence of the other should bring out the best in each next season, and Eriksson has buddy (and former Bruin) P.J. Axelsson to hit up for info on Boston whenever he needs it.
"He told me he loved playing there, and that I was really going to enjoy it," said Eriksson. "I can't wait to get there a little early, settle in and get ready for next year. It's going to be a really good situation."
Eriksson is back in Sweden resting, re-charging and training for next season, but it sounded very much like he wanted to fast-forward through the summer and start his Black and Gold experience as soon as possible.