- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Bruins acquired Eriksson, along with prospects Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith and Joe Morrow, from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley on July 4. The next day, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli signed Iginla as a free agent.
Now, two months later, both Eriksson and Iginla are ready to go in Boston as training camp officially began Wednesday morning with players’ physicals.
“I’m feeling good and ready to get going here,” Eriksson said.
After the trade, many Western Conference coaches described Eriksson as one of the most underrated players in the NHL, saying that he would fit perfectly into the Bruins’ style of play.
“That’s been going on for a couple of years, actually, with that underrated [classification],” Eriksson said. “I’m just glad to be here and I’m going to show them I’m a good player and it’s nice to come and play in this town. I’ve heard a lot of good things, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
With the team’s first on-ice session scheduled for Thursday, it appears he’ll be playing the right wing along with center Patrice Bergeron and left winger Brad Marchand. Eriksson believes his style of play will compliment his new linemates.
“For sure that would help me a lot,” he said. “[Bergeron] is a good two-way player and he can make really good plays, too. It’ll be good to get going here and try to find some chemistry with everyone here and [Thursday’s] going to be a good skate.”
Iginla seemed comfortable in his new surroundings, too.
Both he and the organization have put aside last season’s trade deadline snafu when Iginla chose the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Bruins.
“I’m looking forward to it. They’ve been a great line and have great chemistry. I love that they play hard and compete hard and do a little bit of everything,” Iginla said. “Krejci’s a very smooth player and he just finds way to score or makes things happen. He’s a great passer and I like to shoot the puck, so you always love to play with a great passer. Looch is the best power forward in the game and as tough as they come, but also a smart player and creates a lot of room for his linemates, so I’m looking forward to that opportunity.”
Prior to his trade to the Penguins, Iginla spent his entire career with the Calgary Flames and was in his 10th season as captain. Coming to Boston, with a Bruins locker room filled with leaders, including captain Zdeno Chara, Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton, Iginla only wants to fit in.
“I plan on just being myself,” he said. “I definitely don’t come in thinking that they need any leadership or help. They’re a very strong crew and have had a lot of success together and been together a long time and know each other well. I don’t want to be just a fly on the wall; I want to be part of it. The biggest thing is just play hard and compete and that’s what these guys do so well.”
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