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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Loui Eriksson back in town and skating

By Mark Stepneski

FRISCO -- Forward Loui Eriksson is among the latest players to arrive in Frisco and start skating in preparation for training camp, which starts in less than three weeks.

Eriksson, who arrived in town this week, received a high-five from both Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro just before he took the ice on Tuesday. He also chatted briefly with new head coach Glen Gulutzan.

“It’s interesting. It’s going to be fun to get started to see how the new players look and, of course, the new coach,” said Eriksson. “See what system we are going to play. It’s going to be fun.”

Eriksson has spent the last few seasons on a line with Brad Richards, but that will change now with Richards moving on to the New York Rangers via free agency.

“Of course it’s going to be different, but that’s how it is,” Eriksson said. “Of course he is a real good player and I’ve been playing real well with him, but it’s going to be fun to see who I am playing with now. I think the whole team is ready to get started.”

Also starting to skate in Frisco this week are Toby Petersen, Philip Larsen and Brad Lukowich. They were joined on the ice today by Brenden Morrow, Stephane Robidas, Scott Glennie, Kari Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft. Jere Lehtinen also skated and deflected the shots on Lehtonen and Raycroft before everyone else hit the ice. Benn and Ribeiro weren’t on the ice when I was there. They were meeting with the coaches.

Here’s some video, which includes some four-on-four play. Team White was Eriksson, Robidas, Petersen and Lukowich. Morrow, Larsen, Glennie and Lehtinen are Team Black.