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Don Sweeney: Bruins have had 'several discussions with teams' about Loui Eriksson trade

DJ Bean
February 28, 2016 - 12:25 pm
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Holding his pre-trade deadline media availability, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said that Loui Eriksson will "absolutely" play Sunday night against the Lightning as he continues to assess whether he will trade the unrestricted free agent to be. As of Sunday afternoon, Sweeney and agent J.P. Barry had not resumed contract talks, with the issues of both term and money remaining holding up a potential extension for the 30-year-old. The Bruins' most recent offer is believed to be for four years, with Eriksson preferring a longer deal. With no deal in place, Sweeney admitted that he has had trade discussions about the player, who is currently tied for second on the Bruins with 23 goals this season. "Loui's a good player. He's having a great season. He's been very important for our success up to date and we treat it as such," Sweeney said. "If another team -- and I've had several discussions with teams -- felt that it was equal on that side of it and the deal was the right fit, then that's something we'd explore, but my preference has been all along to try to sign him and go from there." Former Jets captain Andrew Ladd, a fair comparable for Eriksson, fetched Winnipeg a first-round pick, a prospect and a conditional third-round pick from Chicago in recent days. Asked whether he had been offered a first-rounder by any teams for Eriksson, Sweeney declined comment. The trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. Though it is believed the Bruins will be motivated to trade Eriksson if enough common ground is not found on a new contract by the deadline, Sweeney said that the team is still considering keeping the versatile wing for the rest of the season even if the team doesn't sign him. "Absolutely," Sweeney said of potentially keeping Eriksson without a contract. "Loui's a valuable player."

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