By: Mike Grinnell
The Bruins and GM Don Sweeney need to make a decision on the future of Loui Eriksson. The forward whose name will always be linked to Tyler Seguin, is in the final year of his contract that pays him an AAV of 4.25m. Eriksson is having his best season as a Bruin and his value his higher then ever, is it time to part ways with the Swedish Star?
Plain and simple, yes.
The Bruins and Loui Eriksson need to end their relationship and it needs to be done soon. Eriksson is a UFA at the end of this season, where the market stands, he will command an AAV of 6-7m which the Bruins would be better suited spending somewhere else.
If you aren’t going to resign him, you can’t let the player who was the center piece in a deal that shipped your no.2 overall draft pick, in Tyler Seguin, to Dallas, walk at the end of the season for nothing.
Eriksson is on pace for 30 goals this season, through 30 games, the 30-year-old forward has 14 goals and 20 assists, on pace for his best yet in Boston.
Which is exactly why you should trade him.
Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Antonine Vermette at the trade deadline for a first round pick and defensemen Klas Dahlbeck. At the time of trade, Vermette had played in double the games Eriksson has played in this season (63) and had 35 points, opposed to the 34 Eriksson has already this season.
If Antonine Vermette can pull a first rounder and a prospect, Imagine what the return on Eriksson would be?
Clubs tend to overspend at the deadline, Vermette wasn’t anything special. Curtis Glencross, who is out of hockey this season, cost the Capitals a 2015 2nd-round pick and a 2015 3rd-round pick. Brett Connolly, who has been absolutey invisable his entire time in Boston, cost the Bruins 2015 2nd-round pick and a 2016 2nd-round pick.
A trade involving Loui Eriksson has the potential to pull a few draft picks and some high-level prospects, or an NHL ready player who can help this team.
Sami Vatanen, Keith Yandle, and Dustin Byfuglien are all rumored to be on the Bruins radar.
So why not package Eriksson along with some of the valuable young assets we have. Zach Senyshyn is tearing up the OHL this season with 37 points in 38 games, I’m sure an Eriksson-Senyshyn package could get you a haul of a deal.
As Don Sweeney has mentioned all season, It takes two to tango, if Sweeney can find a sucker to overpay for Eriksson, he has no other option but to move the forward.
But only time will tell.