Antoine Roussel destroyed the Vancouver Canucks

Published December 8, 2021 at 9:59

Antoine Roussel and Loui Eriksson both headed to Arizona last July. The Coyotes had made a major trade sending Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland to Vancouver, specifically for the two forwards.

Eriksson played only 56 games in his last two seasons with the Canucks. He only collected 14 points between 2019 and 2021.

Last night, against the Dallas Stars, the Swede reached the important plateau of 1000 games played in the Bettman circuit. Roussel was on TVA Sports' JiC show to comment on his teammate's achievement.

"It's the dream of every player who starts in the NHL to get to 1,000 games. What's especially impressive about Loui is the way he got there."

This past season, with the reserve squad coming in, Eriksson found himself in the stands more often than not.

"He was stuck at 970 because the Canucks wanted nothing to do with helping him get to 1,000. He really didn't have it easy. He's shown so much resilience and relentlessness. He's playing the game," said Roussel.

A former second round pick of the Bruins in 2003, the 36-year-old forward has come a long way to reach this important mark.

"Let's face it, the Canucks treated him like crap, but he was able to reach that plateau. That's really impressive."

Despite what looks to be a complicated transition for the Coyotes, Roussel appreciates the approach of the new Quebec head coach.

"I've now moved on to another stage in my career. It's exciting here in Arizona. We have a good group. It's really fun what André Tourigny is trying to do."

With their 5-18-2 record, Arizona is in last place in the league with 12 points. Fans will have to be patient as a long rebuild begins.
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