WILMINGTON -- The Bruins have started to get some clarity on some of their different injury situations, and a couple of them don’t sound very good.
Loui Eriksson has been out for more than a week with his second concussion of the season’s first three months, and he wasn’t feeling well enough to make it into the B’s team facility at Ristuccia Arena on Monday morning.
“He hasn’t even come to the rink,” said Claude Julien. “That’s the only thing I can give you right now, which is not a good sign.”
For a team that’s seen head injuries significantly affect the careers of Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Marc Savard in past years, that’s not good news at all.
The devastating Brooks Orpik hit on Eriksson in the first period of a game more than a week ago against the Pittsburgh Penguins was the cause for the head injury, and precipitated all of the ugliness that led to Shawn Thornton’s 15-game suspension by the NHL.
Though Eriksson didn’t have the puck and had just turned to face Orpik who had a head of steam, the hit was deemed legal by both the game referees and the NHL.
Eriksson was concussed earlier this season by a John Scott blind side elbow to the head that put him out for roughly two weeks, but it’s pretty clear this second brain trauma is much worse.
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 with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.