Now the high-scoring forward gets a chance with a more successful and stable franchise.
“The last time I was in the playoffs we went to the conference final,” Eriksson said Monday, four days after being traded to the Boston Bruins. “It was real fun to go that far and the last five years in Dallas we haven’t made the playoffs. So it’s been a while.”
The Bruins have reached the playoffs in each of their six seasons under Claude Julien. They won the Stanley Cup in 2011 then lost in the finals in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks this year.
Eriksson led the Stars with 150 goals over the past five seasons, but did it under three coaches – Dave Tippett, Marc Crawford and Glen Gulutzan. On June 21, Lindy Ruff was hired to replace Gulutzan.
Eriksson’s two-way playing style is different than that of the key player he was traded for, the offensive-minded Tyler Seguin, and suits Julien’s disciplined, defensive approach better.
“I’ve been through a lot of coaches and it’s always nice to find one that likes your style,” Eriksson said. “It’s been tough the last couple of years because (the Stars) have been changing coaches almost every second year. So I heard a lot of good things about the coach in Boston.”
RANGERS: Agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan McDonagh on a six-year, $28.2 million contract.
The new deal announced Monday will carry an annual salary-cap hit of $4.7 million for New York, which is close to the financial ceiling with players still left to re-sign, such as forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
SENATORS: Signed free agent defenseman Joe Corvo to a one-year deal.
Corvo had six goals and 11 assists in 40 games for the Hurricanes last season. In 689 career NHL games, Corvo has 89 goals and 211 assists.
STARS: Signed free agent center Chris Mueller to a one-year contract.
The 27-year-old Mueller split last season between Nashville and the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.