National Hockey League players get traded all the time after having no advance knowledge that they might be on the block. Reactions to such out-of-the-blue changes range from devastation to delight.
Put Loui Eriksson closer to the latter category.
The 27-year-old winger watched several of his Dallas teammates get dealt during the season, but he figured he would be returning for a ninth season in the Stars organization. Still, when he got a call from his agent last week asking if he would waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to the Bruins, there was no hesitation.

“I played many years in Dallas, I’ve had many good times in Dallas and I really liked it there,” Eriksson said on a conference call yesterday. “But when I got the call (and) it was Boston on the line, it was pretty persuasive for me to say yes.
“I know Boston is a good team, and it’s a different chapter for me to go there and try to win games and try to go far in the playoffs and win the whole (Stanley) Cup. I think the match to go and play for Boston is really good for me. It will be fun for me.”
The Bruins acquired Eriksson last Thursday along with defenseman Joe Morrow and forwards Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. Eriksson is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound Swede who scored 36 goals in 2008-09 and topped 70 points in each of the next three seasons.