Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Monday he will speak with Loui Eriksson this week to address the comments he made earlier this off-season to a Swedish news outlet.
Benning was asked Monday whether Eriksson may need a fresh start after three seasons in Vancouver, and the general manager did not rule out the possibility.
"I'm going to talk to Loui this week and get his thoughts on everything and why he made the comments he did, but that could be something that's real," Benning said.
Eriksson told HockeySverige in early May that there was friction in his relationship with head coach Travis Green, and cited that as a reason for his diminished offensive output since joining the Canucks.
“The coach and I don’t really get on 100 per cent,” Eriksson told the Swedish outlet, as translated by the Vancouver Province. “It is difficult when I do not get the same trust that I received from all the other coaches I had during my career. Of course it is tough on that front.”
Eriksson has scored a total of 31 goals in three seasons since joining the Canucks after scoring 30 with the Boston Bruins in 2015-16. He has spent the past two seasons under Green, and averaged just 14:04 of ice time last season - his lowest mark since the 2007-08 season with the Dallas Stars.