Loui Eriksson

Update: Bruins haven't made offer to Loui Eriksson since Christmas

DJ Bean
February 01, 2016 - 11:03 am
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It'€™s plausible that some truth serum would get Claude Julien to reveal that Loui Eriksson is one of his favorite players. Eriksson drives possession, scores goals and plays both the power play and penalty kill exceptionally. He'€™s not a shiny player, but he'€™s a coach like Julien'€™s kind of player. So, with Eriksson unsigned and a possibility to be traded if the sides aren'€™t close on a contract by late February, how would Julien feel about such a player being traded while the Bruins are trying to make the playoffs? "That depends," Julien said. "Do you get something in return? Is that something in return something that would help our team? We don'€™t know that, so I can'€™t answer that and I don'€™t think that question is a good thing for me to answer because who knows if he'€™s going [and] who knows what we'€™d get back? I can'€™t answer it until something happens. Hopefully nothing." Eriksson, 30, is second on the Bruins in points this season and is on pace for 25 goals. According to a source, the Bruins and Eriksson's camp discussed the player's market a while back but the Bruins have yet to make a contract proposal to Eriksson. UPDATE: Though recent talks have yielded no contract proposals, it has come to light that the Bruins did indeed make Eriksson an initial offer before Christmas. Eriksson'€™s camp found both the average annual value and the term of the contract to be too low to negotiate off of, however. According to the source, the offer was made "more to simply get things initiated." While the sides did not negotiate off that proposal, the Bruins and agent J.P. Barry later began having general conversations about the player'€™s market and his comps. It is in these conversations that the Bruins have yet to make an offer. As it currently stands, Eriksson'€™s camp is waiting for the Bruins to engage in more serious negotiations. The player has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to submit a list of 14 teams to which he would accept a trade. Eriksson did so prior to the season. "I'€™d like to keep Loui, period, just like the guys that have left us, I would have loved to have kept," Julien said. "As a coach, would I like to have Looch? Would I like to have those other guys? Hamilton? Sure, [but] we couldn'€™t keep them for different reasons. You get some good players that end up leaving for reasons that we can'€™t control, so you'€™ve got to have the confidence in your upper management that they'€™re going to make the right decision. I can'€™t do anything about it. I can only coach what I have right now. I enjoy having him. I think he'€™s a great player and we'€™ll see where it goes from there."

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