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Report: Bruins pushing to trade for Dan Hamhuis 02.29.16 at 1:52 pm ET
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According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins are trying to complete a trade for 33-year-old Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Worth keeping in mind, however, is that Hamhuis has a full no-trade clause, meaning he could block a potential trade to Boston if he were so inclined.

Hamhuis, a left shot, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Should he be acquired by Boston, he would likely slot in as Boston’s second-pairing left defenseman and kill penalties. A potential acquisition of him would allow the Bruins to play Dennis Seidenberg on the right side on any of their pairings or on the left of the third pairing. Here is a comparison of Hamhuis and Seidenberg, the latter of whom has been Boston’s second-pairing left defenseman for much of the season:

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Loui Eriksson practices; Zac Rinaldo has hearing for hit, assigned to Providence 02.29.16 at 11:06 am ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

WILMINGTON — With hours to go until the 3 p.m. trade deadline, Bruins forward Loui Eriksson participated in Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena.

The Bruins are still determining whether to trade Eriksson, make a last-ditch effort to sign him to a contract extension or potentially keep him past the deadline without a new contract inked. Both sides have indicated that the possibility of the B’s keeping Eriksson unsigned is real, though the guess here is that it’s a situation Boston would like to avoid.

After sending him to Providence for a two-game conditioning loan, the B’s brought Tyler Randell back up for Monday’s practice. Zac Rinaldo, who remains on waivers until noon, did not practice and was the only absence. Should he go unclaimed, the Bruins can either keep him on their roster or send him to Providence. (Update: Rinaldo has been sent to Providence, according to the AHL transactions page.)

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday that Rinaldo would have a hearing for his illegal check to the head of Cedric Paquette in Sunday’s loss to the Lightning. Rinaldo has not been suspended as a member of the Bruins, though he came to Boston this summer having been suspended a total of 14 games over the course of his Flyers career.

Max Talbot, who cleared waivers Saturday, remains on the NHL roster and was on for the start of Monday’s skate, though he left the ice just a few minutes into the practice.

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Don Sweeney: Bruins have had ‘several discussions with teams’ about Loui Eriksson trade 02.28.16 at 5:25 pm ET
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Don Sweeney

Don Sweeney

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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Loui Eriksson extension talks quiet for much of Sunday 02.28.16 at 3:20 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

With less than 24 hours until Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, the Bruins and Loui Eriksson’s agent have still yet to kick negotiations for a new contract into high gear. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins and agent J.P. Barry had not held any talks on Sunday as of 3:20 p.m. and did not have any planned.

The source indicated, however, that should one side want to contact the other, the lines could remain open.

Eriksson is in the final year of a six-year contract that carries a $4.25 million cap hit. The 30-year-old is seeking a deal of at least five years worth between the high $5 million and high $6 million range annually. The Bruins have not offered the player more than four years and are also short of Eriksson’s desired AAV. If he doesn’t sign (or at least come close enough that the B’s would be confident they could sign him by July 1), it’s possible (if not likely) that he’ll be traded.

The 30-year-old winger took part in Sunday’s morning skate and at the moment is expected to play Sunday against the Lightning. Asked about his future with the Bruins, Eriksson politely declined comment.

“I don’t really want to talk about that right now,” Eriksson said when asked whether he was optimistic he could sign a new contract by Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. “We’ll see what’s going to happen. All I can do is just play and just help the team.”

The Bruins, who enter Sunday’s game with the Lightning sitting third in the Atlantic Division with the opportunity to take over second place with a win, would take a big step back if they traded Eriksson and didn’t add to their current roster.

David Krejci, who has centered Eriksson for much of the season, admitted that he pays attention to things like the salary cap to see if his teammates can stick around.

“You kind of create some bond with the guys and you don’t like to lose any of those guys,” Krejci said. “You kind of look at how the cap is and what’s going on around the league, [like when] the trade deadline’s tomorrow. It will be interesting, but at the same time, we have to do what we have to do and you can only control what you can control. What’s going to happen with Loui, who knows, but I really like that guy on and off the ice. We’ll see what happens.”

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Bruins place Zac Rinaldo on waivers 02.28.16 at 1:32 pm ET
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Zac Rinaldo

Zac Rinaldo

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins placed forward Zac Rinaldo on waivers Sunday. Max Talbot, who was waived Saturday, has cleared.

Rinaldo is in his first season with the Bruins, as it was just this summer that the B’s traded a 2017 third-round pick to the Flyers for his services. In 51 games this season, Rinaldo has one goal and two assists for Boston. The 25-year-old is second on the B’s in penalty minutes with 81, which is one behind Brad Marchand.

If Rinaldo clears waivers on Monday, he can be sent to Providence in order to open up another spot on Boston’s NHL roster. The Bruins currently have 14 forwards on their NHL roster, though Tyler Randell is currently in Providence on a conditioning loan. That leaves the B’s with 13 forwards available for Sunday’s game against the Lightning, a group that includes both Talbot and Rinaldo.

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Bruins assign Tyler Randell to Providence on conditioning loan, place Max Talbot on waivers 02.27.16 at 4:50 pm ET
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Tyler Randell

Tyler Randell

The Bruins assigned forward Tyler Randell to Providence on a conditioning loan Saturday and placed forward Max Talbot on waivers.

This marks the third time this season Talbot has been placed on waivers. He has cleared both times in a season that has seen him play in both Boston (36 games) and Providence (10 games). Randell has played 25 games for the B’€™s this season, scoring five goals in the process.

The moves allow the Bruins some flexibility with their NHL roster should they add players prior to Monday’€™s trade deadline. Should Talbot be claimed or clear and go to the AHL, the Bruins will have 21 players on their NHL roster, which is two shy of the maximum of 23.

5 things we learned: Tuukka Rask stays hot, Matt Beleskey continues to score in win 02.26.16 at 9:41 pm ET
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Back before the go-to goaltending concern was whether Tuukka Rask was going to have to play every game, the biggest one was making sure Boston’s goaltender — whether that happened to be Tim Thomas or Rask — would turn it on down the stretch.

If the last five games are any indication, the B’s are getting good news in that regard. In stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes Friday, Tuukka Rask has a .951 save percentage in his last five starts. The Bruins have gone 4-1-0 in that span.

The Bruins have one more game prior to Monday’s trade deadline, as they’ll host the Lightning Sunday at TD Garden. Both the Bruins and the Bolts have 74 points on the season, though Boston has played 62 games to Tampa’s 61.

Here are four more things we learned Friday:

BELESKEY STAYS HOT, MATCHES CAREER-HIGH

With another two-goal game — his second in his last three games — Matt Beleskey tied his career-high in points with 32. Beleskey put up 32 points a season ago in 65 games for the Ducks and has done so in 60 games this season.

The third-line left wing is currently enjoying his best offensive stretch as a Bruin. He has six points (five goals and an assist) over his last four games. The 27-year-old is on pace to finish the season with 43 points.

PLAYING POSSESSED

Until the Hurricanes got some chances against them late in the second period, Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line dominated play over the opening 40 minutes. The trio was on the ice for 13 shots for and three shots against over the first two periods, with Bergeron leading all players with an 84.21 Corsi For percentage in the opening 40. He and Brad Marchand finished the game tied with a game-best 74.07 mark.

One of those shot attempts went in off Bergeron’€™s stick, as Brett Connolly’€™s pressure forced a turnover that made its way to Bergeron, who beat Cam Ward for the game’€™s first goal. With the goal, Bergeron moved into a tie with Loui Eriksson for second on the team with 23 goals this season.  Read the rest of this entry »

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