Bruins seem certain to deal Eriksson by deadline

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.

In fact, in his short time as Bruins general manager, Don Sweeney opted to trade two other Barry clients — Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton — rather than fork over top dollar.

There’s every reason to believe that scenario’s going to play out again with Eriksson prior to the deadline, given that he’s seeking the same five- to six-year deal at $6 million annually that he’ll easily get on the free market. The Bruins are very hesitant to make that kind of money and time commitment to a 30-year-old with a concussion history who’s slowed in the skating department.

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