The Boston Bruins have been almost optimistic in their hopes of getting pending free agent winger Loui Eriksson signed this offseason, but it sounds like that may no longer be a realistic option.
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports on Thursday afternoon that the Bruins and Eriksson are ‘not close’ in regards to term for a new deal. As a result, Lavoie suggests that the Swedish forward is likely to hit free agency on July 1st, leaving the Bruins empty-handed.
Eriksson was acquired by the Bruins in the summer of 2013, when he was dealt as part of the package in the blockbuster trade for Bruins former first round pick Tyler Seguin.
Since arriving in Boston, he’s served as one of the team’s best offensive scorers. This past season, the 30-year-old Swedish winger put up 30 goals and 63 points, good for second on the team in scoring behind only alternate captain Patrice Bergeron. It was his second career NHL season with 30 or more goals, but brought him to a respectable 62 goals in the last three years – and as a result, his services likely won’t come cheap.
For the Bruins, the fact that negotiations with Eriksson seem to be stalling out isn’t a huge surprise. For the Atlantic Division club, though, it’s certainly bad news; after two straight seasons of sitting on the outside of the postseason looking in, the Bruins are loathe to see assets walk away for free.