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One has to wonder about those possibilities if he continues to be an ill-fitting piece for Claude Julien’s system: would Spooner be one of the main pieces for a top-4 D-man Boston has searched far and wide for over the last couple of seasons, and is it inevitably trending toward an exit with things making the way like perpetual fourth line demotions and an organizational unwillingness to keep him at his preferred center position?
No Chara for third. He left after first shift in the second
— steve conroy (@conroyherald) November 23, 2016
Unless things change drastically over the summer, that scenario does not figure to exist in Boston, where Chara had to be The Guy on a weakened blue line in a lost season for the team. After Don Sweeney traded Dougie Hamilton for futures, the Bruins leaned on a declining Chara for 24:06 of ice time a night, which was up 45 seconds a game from the previous season. Chara tweaked his approach to enjoy a strong offensive campaign, but he couldn’t save the Bruins’ diminished defense by himself.
The Bruins will straighten out their defense. It would be irresponsible to launch a second straight season with a leaky blue line. They are in better, although not ideal, shape to fix it this summer by spending their futures capital.
Their best chips include two 2016 first-round picks and high-level prospects (Jake DeBrusk, Jakub Zboril, Zach Senyshyn, Brandon Carlo, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Jeremy Lauzon, and Danton Heinen). They could have cached more futures for flipping purposes by trading Loui Eriksson, but they opted to retain the unrestricted free-agent-to-be.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) February 29, 2016
What to do, what to do, if you’re the Boston Bruins and pending unrestricted free-agent winger Loui Eriksson remains unsigned into Monday, as the clock ticks down to the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline?
When it comes to reinforcing this team for the stretch run and for the next few seasons, the Bruins are best served with hockey trades, such as the one that brought Brett Connolly last year for a pair of picks. Connolly is young, under control, and has room to improve. At the moment, he is not a go-to No. 1 right wing. But he is playing a good grind game next to Marchand and Bergeron, even if he doesn’t develop into the sharpshooting snapper that Lightning scouts once projected him to be.
The Bruins should do everything to keep building for the future while still attempting to remain competitive for a playoff spot. If Loui Eriksson isn’t going to sign a team-friendly extension, then move him for whatever the highest bidder wants to spend for him at the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
A Loui Eriksson reunion is just what the Stars need, but I doubt it’ll happen through a trade with Boston
Could Loui be in the mix to make return to Dallas to play alongside Spezza? We desperately need a true second line winger.
Heika: I would love Loui Eriksson to return. He is exactly what the Stars need. But I can’t imagine Boston trading him back after the Seguin deal. Maybe if he hits free agency.
But, seeing as he’ll be one of the NHL’s premier free agents when the market opens July 1, that’s a double-edged sword. Especially since it’s never felt like he’s has any allegiance to Boston and won’t be inclined to give the B’s a hometown discount. Not only that, but his agent — J.P. Barry — has a history of getting maximum compensation, both in terms of money and years, for his clients in free agency.
You’re only worth what they’ll pay for you. And if the Swede hits the trade rental market in February, he could fetch the Boston Bruins a heftier return than any other movable forward eyeing unrestricted free agency this summer.
GM Don Sweeney on NESN’s pregame show: “We’ve been in discussions with Loui and the first priority will be to try and get him signed."
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 21, 2016
If Boston is open to it and hasn’t re-signed Loui Eriksson, I think he would be a player that would be a good fit as a rental. (although making that deal after the Seguin trade might be tough to pull off). If San Jose or Vancouver is struggling, I’d inquire about Brent Burns or Alex Edler and put up some of the young guns as bait. That’s just barstool talk, but now I can say that I said it first if it ever happens.