Loui Eriksson hasn’t played or skated since getting charged by John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres on October 23. The Boston Bruins didn’t make any bones about stating that their top-line forward had sustained a concussion on the play, and have been hesitant to release any sort of timetable for his return.
Understandably so, since concussions take hold of different people in very different ways. According to Barbara Matson of the Boston Globe, coach Claude Julien had this to say about Eriksson’s progress this morning:
He’s still going OK. As predicted, he’s taken some steps in the right direction. He did the exertion test so that he can start working out. It’s still a day-to-day process; whether he’s moving forward or whether we’ve got to hold him back, we’ll only know one day at a time.
The road to recovery from head trauma is long and difficult, which Julien alluded to with his statement.
Still, the news that Eriksson had passed the exertion test and had been cleared for work outs is a step in the right direction. Anyone who paid much attention to Sidney Crosby’s multiple comeback attempts are well aware of the gap between working out and playing in an NHL game though.
Eriksson isn’t holed up in a room and covering his eyes at the sight of bright lights, which is clearly a positive. The Bruins have won five of their last seven contests and there’s little reason for the forward to rush back before he’s 110% at this juncture. When it comes to concussions, slow and steady always wins the race.