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Loui Eriksson: ‘Easy decision’ to join Bruins

Loui Eriksson handled the puck against the Calgary Flames in a March 18 game.
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Loui Eriksson handled the puck against the Calgary Flames in a March 18 game.

Loui Eriksson has a no-trade clause. But the newest Bruins player, acquired from the Dallas Stars in the trade for Tyler Seguin, waived his that clause when informed of the Bruins’ interest.

“It was an easy decision for me to make that decision to go and play with Boston,” Eriksson said Monday during a conference call. “I know it’s a good team. They really wanted me too. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Eriksson projects to be Patrice Bergeron’s right wing on the No. 2 line with Brad Marchand. Eriksson, a left-shot forward, played both sides in Dallas, and said he likes the right side.

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He scored 12 goals and 17 assists this past season, and Eriksson considered it a down year. Eriksson noted that he played on every line and never found a comfortable spot.

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“It was kind of disappointing for me,” Eriksson said. “It was a tough year for me. I’m looking to rebound next year.”

With Eriksson in the fold, here’s how he might fit into a prospective 2013-14 lineup:

Line 1: Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla

Line 2: Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Loui Eriksson

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Line 3: Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron

Line 4: Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Defense 1: Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton

Defense 2: Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk

Defense 3: Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

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Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Chad Johnson