Morning Hits: Zherdev, Eriksson, Frattin and Ryan


  • Igor Eronko: KHL president Alexander Medvedev on Nikolai Zherdev: ’As far as we know, Nikolai Zherdev painted the town red again. He will be committed to compulsory ADA treatment.’
  • Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com: Loui Eriksson is in Boston, talking about the trade from Dallas.

    “I talked to my family quick and it was kind of an easy decision for me to make that decision to go and play with Boston,” Eriksson said back in July via conference call, following the trade.

    “When I got the call it was Boston on the line, it was pretty persuasive for me to say yes to that because I know Boston is a good team and it’s a different chapter to go there and try to win games and try to go far in the playoffs and win the whole Cup. I think the match to go and play for Boston is really good – it will be fun.”

    “I’m real excited and I’m really looking forward to it. It will be awesome to come [to Boston] and play. I’m going to try to give it my best and try to help them win the Cup.”

  • John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor: Kings winger Matt Frattin on where he may end up playing in LA.

    “I played left wing a little bit with Toronto,” Frattin shared once again. “They [the Kings] kind of like me over there, too. I’m pretty versatile. I feel like I can play on the top-two lines and I can also play the bottom-two lines. The biggest thing for me is to play with speed and be physical, open up space for my line mates and create chances.”

  • Chris Lund of OttawaSenators.com: (s/t Dobber Hockey and Pro Hockey Talk) Senators coach Paul MacLean on Bobby Ryan:

    I’m excited about the opportunity he brings to us as someone that’s a bonafide guy that’s scored 35 goals in the league. He shoots the puck in the net and that’s something we haven’t had really since I’ve been here. I think that’s exciting. The chemistry he gets, is it going to be with Jason Spezza or Kyle Turris or Mika (Zibanejad), whoever he gets the best chemistry with is who we’re going to play him with, but I think having someone with that ability is certainly going to help our team’s confidence as far as it comes to scoring goals.

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