BOSTON – Loui Eriksson didn’t play Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers and was once again missing from practice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.
Bruins team officials stressed that the Eriksson absence had nothing to do with the NHL trade deadline and instead, the Swedish winger was dealing with a “minor ailment” before returning to the lineup on Thursday.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli finally revealed on Wednesday afternoon that Eriksson was dealing with a minor infection in his heel and would indeed be in the lineup against the Panthers.
“[It was] a very minor heel injury; a little infection in the heel area that got infected when he put his heel in the boot,” said Chiarelli. “So no, we weren’t trading him. We were just taking the heel out of his boot and he should be playing tomorrow.”
The B’s GM also admitted that some current roster players had been discussed in trades, but a source told CSNNE.com prior to the deadline that “Loui [Eriksson] isn’t going to be traded.”
Eriksson has been solid in the three games since coming back from a starring role for Team Sweden at the Sochi Olympics, and has a pair of assists to go along with seven shots on net in those three games.