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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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Source: Bruins’ most recent offer to Loui Eriksson is 4 years, sides will talk Saturday 02.26.16 at 7:47 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

Though the Bruins recently increased the term of their offer to Loui Eriksson, a source familiar with the negotiations told WEEI.com Friday afternoon that the sides are still not close on either the term or the average annual value of Eriksson’€™s next contract.

The source confirmed that the Bruins’€™ recent offer is for four years after the team initially offered him a three-year contract in December. Eriksson, who will be 31 at the start of the season, wants a longer deal. He is seeking between the high-$5 million range and the high $6-million range on his next deal, depending on the length of the contract.

Barring a surprise trade, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and agent J.P. Barry are expected to continue discussions Saturday. Eriksson is in the final year of a contract that carries a $4.25 million cap hit.

The NHL trade deadline is Monday and the Bruins are willing to trade Eriksson if the sides haven’€™t made enough progress on a new contract. A trade is not a certainty in that scenario, however, as the source said that the Bruins have not indicated that they would definitely move the player if he didn’€™t sign by Monday.

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Source: Bruins increase term of offer to Loui Eriksson as trade deadline nears 02.25.16 at 4:51 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

Loui Eriksson

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins are at least beginning to budge regarding the issue of term as it relates to Loui Eriksson’€™s next contract.

After Boston offered three years in its first contract proposal in December, term has been the key issue discussed for the 30-year-old winger, who is in the final year of his contract. More recently, the Bruins have offered Eriksson more years than they did in their initial three-year proposal.

It remains unclear whether the Bruins and Eriksson will be able to agree on a new contract ahead of Monday’€™s trade deadline. If they can’€™t, the Bruins are open to trading the player. Eriksson, who currently carries a $4.25 million cap hit, is seeking an average annual value of between the high $5 million range and high $6 million range on a long-term contract.

Eriksson is in his third season with the Bruins. The only player to skate in all 61 of Boston’s games this season, Eriksson is second on the Bruins with 23 goals on the season, which is the sixth 20-goal campaign of his career. The versatile winger is on pace for 31 goals, which would be the second-highest total of his career.

 

5 things we learned: Tuukka Rask holds down fort until Bruins blow out Penguins in final 10 minutes 02.24.16 at 10:08 pm ET
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The Bruins had to fight tooth-and-nail to hold onto a one-goal lead, but they forced the floodgates open late and ran away with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Penguins on Wednesday night.

With only a pair of David Pastrnak goals through the first 50 minutes of regulation and the Penguins forcing Tuukka Rask to keep Boston in it, the Bruins scored three times in the final 10 minutes, including Landon Ferraro’€™s first point in 26 games and Brad Marchand‘€™s 31st of the season, to put the game out of reach.

Rask stopped 41 of the 42 shots he saw, while the Bruins managed to put up five goals despite not having a power play on the night.

The Bruins have now swept the season series against the Penguins, winning all three contests.

CZECHS MIX

David Pastrnak was buzzing in the early going of Wednesday’€™s contest and he finally cashed in thanks to a beauty of a pass from linemate David Krejci. The veteran center lobbed a pass up the middle of the ice to spring Pastrnak on a breakaway on which he was hooked by Derrick Pouliot to earn a penalty shot.

Pastrnak scored, becoming the youngest Bruins player to cash in on a penalty shot at age 19.

Minutes before his penalty shot goal, Pastrnak nearly scored when he picked a pass off from Marc-Andre Fleury and threw quick attempts at the net, but of which were stopped by the Pittsburgh netminder.

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