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from Matt Dolloff of CBs Boston,
Bruins president Cam Neely is a busy man this time of year. He’s been working so much he hasn’t even had time to call Felger & Mazz. But he called in on Thursday, the last time the show speaks to Neely before Monday’s trade deadline.
On the topic of Loui Eriksson, Neely confirmed that the team and Eriksson are still negotiating a contract extension, and the Bruins recently sent their latest offer.
“There have been recent discussions,” Neely said of Eriksson. “[GM] Don [Sweeney] sent something [Eriksson’s] way; we haven’t gotten a response yet, but there have been ongoing discussions.”
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
What to do, what to do, if you're the Boston Bruins and pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson remains unsigned into Monday, as the clock ticks down to the 3 p.m. trade deadline?
As far as I can ascertain, Bruins GM Don Sweeney has prepared for all three options on the Eriksson front: get him signed to an extension; keep him past the deadline and hope it's worth it to make the playoffs and maybe win a round or two, and also use the extra months to get him signed; or trade him.
To me, the final option seems the most likely, even for a team that's sitting in a playoff spot.
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From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Perhaps, it’s the calm before the storm.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. EST and while it will be tough to see a deal bigger than former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf being moved to the Senators in a blockbuster Tuesday, there’s still a sense among league executives it’ll be busy enough between now and the cutoff date.
The issue right now is the market is flooded with forwards and that needs to sort itself out because nobody is sure just who will move and who won’t. Naturally, the biggest question mark is Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, but the betting money is he won’t be going anywhere.
After his name, people are eyeing the likes of Carolina’s Eric Staal, Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd, Boston’s Loui Eriksson, Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell, Kyle Okposo of the Islanders and Tampa holdout Jonathan Drouin.
“Right now, there’s a lot of forwards out there,” said a league executive.
Sooner or later, someone has to move to set the market.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
During Claude Julien’s time, the coach has never faced the possibility of a late-winter sprint with a diminished roster. The Bruins have always been active about addressing their would-be free agents before the trade deadline forced them into action.
There is no doubt that trading Eriksson will make the Bruins weaker. This is not the direction teams with playoffs dreams prefer to trend.
Eriksson is the one right wing who has earned Julien’s trust. The Bruins would have to find not just a second-line replacement, but another penalty killer and a net-front/goal-line presence on the No. 1 power-play unit. The latter will be especially difficult to find. No left-shot forward on the roster has Eriksson’s man-up skill set.
Under normal circumstances, Sweeney could command a first-round pick and prospect for Eriksson. Futures, however, do not serve Julien, not when he’s had Dougie Hamilton, Milan Lucic, and Johnny Boychuk moved from his toolbox within the last 16 months without varsity returns.
Even if the Bruins packaged one of their two 2016 first-rounders with Eriksson, the return would not net their preferred asset: a young top-four defenseman such as Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin (currently out 3-6 weeks with a broken foot), or Sami Vatanen.
One outcome could be sending Eriksson out for a defenseman with term left on his contract, especially to a team looking to clear salary.
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Every team would like to have Eriksson on its roster. And keeping Eriksson is no guarantee for the Bruins. This is the wing’s final shot at a long-term payday. Eriksson, via agent J.P. Barry, will be seeking a maximum payout, both in term and salary.
The Bruins believe they have room to re-sign Eriksson. Next year, they will likely say goodbye to Talbot, Chris Kelly, Kevan Miller, and Jonas Gustavsson. They will be free of the $2.75 million in salary retained from trading Milan Lucic. They are not projected to carry an overage penalty like the approximate $969,000 they are carrying for exceeding last year’s cap.
These savings will give them plenty of cash to pay Eriksson the salary — he would be justified in asking for $6 million annually — he wants on an extension.
The question is term. If Sweeney can’t sell his colleagues in hockey operations on the logic of re-upping Eriksson, it will be because the wing asks for more years than the Bruins are willing to cede.
Eriksson has excellent hockey sense. He is as good with his stick as any player in the league. But it will do his employer no good if his wheels don’t put him in place to maximize his assets.
So as they did with Lucic, they will wheel Eriksson for assets prior to the Feb. 29 trade deadline before letting him walk. The concern is whether they can improve by trading the all-around wing. The Bruins are in a playoff position and are likely to stay among the East’s top eight with the current roster.
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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
If Loui Eriksson were two years younger, the Bruins would have an easy decision to make.
They would give Eriksson a long-term extension, perhaps as many as seven years at around $5 million annually. It would be market price for a smart, strong, and versatile wing who has been one of the Bruins’ three best players this season.
But Eriksson is 30 years old with a concussion history. His trade value is high enough to net the Bruins a major score before the deadline. It’s hard to project how many productive seasons Eriksson can play before his skates start to slow.
It leaves general manager Don Sweeney and his hockey operations colleagues with the most important decision of the season: whether to re-sign or trade Eriksson.
It is not an easy call.
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 8:32 of the second period in the Oilers/Bruins game, video review determined that Boston forward Loui Eriksson used his right skate to kick the puck into the Edmonton net. According to Rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net.." No goal Boston.
Boston, MA - Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update today, October 24, regarding Loui Eriksson: "Loui traveled back to Boston from Buffalo by plane today (October 24) with a member of the Bruins medical staff. After an examination by team doctors in Boston, he has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely. The team will provide a further update on Loui's status when appropriate."
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
There are goons, and there are rats.
Rarely do you get both in one hockey player. But the Buffalo Sabres, a franchise fallen on very hard times, have such a player.
A goon rat in Sabres clothing, as it were.
A player, quite simply, who needs to have his membership as a player in the NHL revoked for a considerable period of time, an exceptional case even these days when there seems to be a suspension-per-day and NHLPA members seem more determined than ever to cause each other serious brain injuries.
People complain that we in the media only want to talk about this stuff.
How can we not? There's a new sensational violation every day.
Below, some video reaction to the hit...
The MetroWest Daily News's Dan Cagen points us toward a video in which we get to witness the latest suspension-worthy infraction from Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott, who very purposefully elbowed Boston Bruisn forward Loui Eriksson in the face:
Update #2: You know how a picture can say a thousand words? Try this one on for size:
from Hockeysverige (translated),
I had a lot to say thanks to my clause in the contract and could have stayed if I had wanted. But I felt that it was still the right decision to move.
Why did you decide to Boston?
- Dallas are trying to rebuild their team and are in a generation, and it will probably take a few years before they can be fighting seriously. Then Boston has a very good team that went to the finals this year and won three years ago, and of course, played a huge role.
Loui, who has been one of the top two point earners in Dallas the past five seasons, is aware that there will be fierce competition in the new club and that the pressure on him will be great considering his hindsight in Dallas, where He also was assistant captain the last two seasons.
- It is true, but you just have to go out to do their best and play their game. Then you may find that you get a different role than in the past, but it is developing. In Boston, people are also generally more interested in hockey and then there will be more talk around it, but it's just fun. In Dallas, it was not nearly as big.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News
, “Colin Campbell has his hands full, that’s for sure,’’ Ott said in regards to the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, who will have to review the game. ``The Loui Eriksson hit, I think that is prototypical. He’s reaching for the hit. The big guy knows what he is doing….
Gotta play catch-up again first, as yesterday’s minor league update took longer than expected and robbed from some of my otherwise-set-aside-for-writing time. Alas, it’s Saturday morning’s edition of JJ’s Three Cheers.
From Thursday’s games first:
***Cheers to Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, who put up a goal and four points in total, factoring in on all of his club’s offense as the Senators downed the New York Islanders 4-1. Losers of six straight (and outscored 20-5 in their last five contests), consider that quality start to the season officially neutralized and then some for the Isles.
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FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the hockey club has signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a six-year contract extension worth $25.5 million. Eriksson, who’s current contract was set to expire at the end of this season, is now signed through the 2015-16 season.
“We are very pleased that we were able to agree to this long-term contract extension with Loui,” said Nieuwendyk. “He is a big part of our present and future and we feel his potential is just scratching the surface. Loui made great strides in his game last season and he has continued to impress as one of our best players in training camp. The future is very bright for him and we’re excited that his future will be with the Dallas Stars.”
from the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed left wing Loui Eriksson to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million ($1.5 million in 2008-09 and $1.7 million in 2009-10).
“We are very pleased to sign Loui Eriksson to this new contract,” said Stars Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Loui really started to show some flashes of his potential last season and he seems to be growing into the player we think he can be. We expect Loui’s development and production to continue next season and beyond.”