Eriksson return not expected for at least a week

Eriksson return not expected for at least a week
October 28, 2013, 1:30 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

WILMINGTON -- In an encouraging sign, concussed winger Loui Eriksson paid a visit to the Bruins practice facility on Monday morning to see his teammates, coaching staff and training staff.

But Bruins coach Claude Julien indicated that the 27-year-old Swedish forward isn’t going to be in the lineup for the next week, and “isn’t expected to get out on the ice this week.”

That would likely play into the solid week for which players must be symptom-free before being allowed to resume hockey activities on the ice following a concussion.

“Every day you guys are going to ask about a concussion, and it is what it is,” said Julien. “He’s doing better, I guess. 'I guess' is because you never know. The one [piece] of good news is that he did show up this morning. He came by, and that’s usually good news when a guy can leave his home, and come by the [practice] rink.

“So we’re taking it day-by-day. Right now you’re probably not going to see him [in a game] in the next week, and you’re probably not going to see him skating in the next week. So we can put it at that stage for now.”

Eriksson has missed two games already after being victimized by a John Scott blindside head shot during the third period of last week’s win over the Buffalo Sabres. Eriksson was deemed out “indefinitely” by the club after spending a night in a Buffalo hospital following the game. There doesn’t appear to be any past concussion history with Eriksson, which is perhaps cause for some optimism.

Jordan Caron has entered the B’s lineup with Eriksson out of commission, and Brad Marchand has been bumped back up to the second line with Patrice Bergeron to take over the Swede’s right wing spot.