Julien: Eriksson possible replacement for Iginla

Julien: Eriksson possible replacement for Iginla
July 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
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No, it hasn't been a fun offseason for the Boston Bruins.

But that shouldn't be much of a surprise.

The organization knew going in that tough decisions would have to be made due to the team being in what essentially is cap jail.

There's not enough money to retain star players (Jarome Iginla) or sign other ones. So Boston will return next season with most of its core, minus Iginla, and a couple new faces - potentially from the baby B's down in Providence.

While the team will miss Iginla, Claude Julien doesn't sound worried. He thinks the team will be able to shift a couple players around - and up - in the lines.

"Right now I think there's still some time and some things can still be done and there's no doubt we're still working on a few things," Julien said. "Nonetheless we don't feel like we're in a real tough situation. We've lost Jarome, but as you've probably heard I think Loui Eriksson is a player that can be even better than he was last year. I think we started seeing that at the end of the year. And he can be a replacement for Jarome as a possibility. But at the same time, Chris Kelly will be coming back. So are we going to look for somebody to be a third liner or somebody who is going to be replacing Iggy? So just a couple things here that we have to resolve.

"But at the same time we do have some young players in Providence that are going to deserve a look. So when training camp starts I think a lot of decisions will probably be taking place."

Eriksson had a disappointing season for the Bruins, his first with the team, registering 10 goals and 27 assists. A head injury early into the season slowed him from the start.