NHL Free Agency Rumors: Loui Eriksson, Bruins Remain Far Apart In Talks

It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that Loui Eriksson will be a Boston Bruin next season.

The Bruins and Eriksson, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday, remain far apart in contract negotiations, WEEI.com’s DJ Bean reported Thursday.

From Bean: “Though Eriksson’s camp won’t officially rule out the Bruins, the team has not budged in negotiations regarding the versatile winger’s next contract this week. As such, Eriksson’s camp feels that a deal will not be struck unless things change drastically between Thursday afternoon and the open of free agency Friday.”

J.P. Barry, Eriksson’s agent, told Bean: “I spoke with Don (Sweeney, the Bruins’ general manager) today, and they are holding firm on their previous offers.”

Bean also reported that eight NHL teams, including the Montreal Canadiens, have expressed interest in the 30-year-old winger.

Eriksson ranked second on the Bruins in points last season with 63 and third in goals with 30 — his highest total since 2008-09.

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