WILMINGTON -- Concussed Bruins winger Loui Eriksson finally made it into the B’s team facility on Tuesday in a tiny sliver of good news for the team, but Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed on Wednesday that Eriksson is still suffering from post-concussion symptoms.
Eriksson has been out 11 days after getting hammered by a Brooks Orpik, giving him two brain injuries within a couple months of each other.
Needless to say an organization like the Bruins are going to take their time with the 27-year-old Eriksson after watching the careers of Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Marc Savard derailed to various degrees because of concussions. Eriksson won’t be undergoing any measure of physical activity until his symptoms have abated for at least a week’s time.
“We’re careful with that. I talked to Loui for a bit yesterday,” said Chiarelli. “He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing symptoms. With that type of injury you see slow improvement with those injuries, so I don’t know what the time period would be [for recovery].”
Unfortunately, nobody knows what the recovery timetable will be for Eriksson. It also helps that the Bruins have won six of their last seven games, and seem to have not missed a beat while Eriksson is out of the lineup.
The shame of it is that Eriksson had just started to get into a rhythm at the time of his injury and was coming off a month of November when he’d been Boston’s leading point man with 3 goals and 11 points while skating on a forward line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.