Julien points to Eriksson as answer to Iginla departure


Up against the cap, the Boston Bruins lost unrestricted free agent Jarome Iginla to the Colorado Avalanche over the summer. Watching a 30-goal scorer walk away is tough, but Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t seem too concerned.

“We lost Jarome, but I think Loui Eriksson is a player that can be even better than he was last year,” Julien told NHL.com. “I think we started seeing that at the end of the year and he could be a replacement for Jarome.”

After being acquired last summer as part of the Tyler Seguin deal, Eriksson had just 10 goals and 37 points in 61 games in 2013-14. However, he also suffered two concussions, which contributed to his campaign being derailed.

If Eriksson is able to mesh with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on the Bruins’ top line, then Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith, and Brad Marchand might round out the top six. Chris Kelly (back) missed the playoffs, but he’s expected to be fine for the start of the 2014-15 campaign and should play on the third line with Carl Soderberg.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.