Lost in the shuffle of Shawn Thornton’s process of appealing his suspension is Loui Eriksson’s continued absence for the Boston Bruins. He hasn’t played since December 7, when he was on the receiving end of a ferocious body check from Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Here’s a look at the collision.
Eriksson was seen at TD Garden on Tuesday, but he doesn’t seem to be particularly close to returning. General manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to members of the media yesterday, and gave this update as per David Warsofsky of The Boston Herald:
We’re careful with that. I talked to Loui a little bit (Monday). He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing symptoms. With that type of injury, you see slow improvements, and that’s what Loui is going through right now. So I don’t know what the time period would be.
To that end, Eriksson has missed Boston’s last five contests. It’s been 12 days since he was taken out by Orpik. Also worth of note is that this is his second concussion in 45 days or so. In general, concussions tend to take longer to come back from as they compile, but it’s unknown at this point if that will be the case for Eriksson.
The Bruins have gone 4-1 without the two-way services of Eriksson.