The Boston Bruins would like to get winger Loui Eriksson signed to a multi-year extension, and the lines of communication appear to remain open.
Eriksson, who turns 31 on July 17, is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and seems poised to hit the open market unless the Bruins can present him with an offer too good to pass up.
The two sides have been going back-for-forth on a contract extension since mid-season. The Bruins elected to keep Eriksson rather than trade him prior to the Feb. 29 trade deadline and continue their attempts to re-sign him.
Contract talks have cooled recently -- the Bruins last spoke with Eriksson's camp a little after their season concluded -- but according to Eriksson's agent, negotiations are expected to resume discussions in the near future.
"Nothing recent, but we plan to talk soon again," J.P. Barry, who represents Eriksson, told TFP.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney said one day prior to the trade deadline that the Bruins pitched Eriksson a "significant offer," but that was ultimately rejected. It had been reported the Bruins presented Eriksson with a four-year deal worth around $20 million, while Eriksson wants a deal in the five-to-six year range.
The Bruins have been vocal about their desire to keep Eriksson and sign him to a new deal, though team president Cam Neely told reporters in late-April "it certainly has to make sense for both sides."
In 82 games with the Bruins this season, the native of Goteborg, Sweden, registered 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points.