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Bruins still hoping to retain Eriksson and Krug

Torey Krug (left) is scheduled to become a restricted free agent, and Loui Eriksson (right ) will be unrestricted.USA Today file

BUFFALO — With free agency set to open July 1, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, here for the two-day draft that begins Friday night, has been busy trying to get new deals done with both winger Loui Eriksson (unrestricted) and defenseman Torey Krug (restricted).

Eriksson, 30, who will be free to sign anywhere next week, finished second in goals (30) and points (63) for the Bruins last season. He has not been everything Boston hoped for when acquiring him in the Tyler Seguin swap, but he is a productive top-six performer, and likely will land upward of $6 million a year over a long-term deal (four or five years).


“I’ve said all along that Loui’s a good player,’’ said Sweeney, prior to meeting with the media members early Thursday evening at the club’s downtown hotel headquarters, “and our intention was to offer him what we think is a very, very good deal — for him and us.’’

Eriksson arrived in Boston with three years remaining on a long-term pact carrying $4.5 million cap hit that he signed with Dallas. A couple of concussions sustained his first year with Boston limited his production to 10 goals, but he averaged slightly more than 25 over the last two seasons.

“He’s a damn good player and we’d like to retain him,’’ said Sweeney, noting he has continued contract talks here with Eriksson’s agent, J.P. Barry. “But I don’t know if that will work.’’

Later in the day, Sweeney added in reference to Eriksson, “We’d like to find a fit, but it may not happen.’’ Other teams, according to Sweeney, had not reached out about acquiring the winger’s negotiating rights prior to the start of free agency.

Krug, 25, also is free to sign with any of the other 29 teams, with the Bruins able to match any offer or receive compensation. The 5-foot-9-inch blue liner earned $3.4 million last season, and though his goal scoring (4) was a disappointment, he had 40 assists, ninth among NHL defensemen.


“We haven’t found a deal yet,’’ Sweeney said of his contract talks with Krug. “We’re hopeful we’ll find common ground.’’

Meanwhile, Sweeney also would like to work out an extension with left wing Brad Marchand, who delivered a career-best 37-23—60 in 2015-16. Marchand, 28, will make $5 million next season, what stands as his bridge season to unrestricted free agency on July 1, 2018, which the Bruins would like to avoid.

“We’ll get through the draft and [this year’s] free agency,’’ said Sweeney, “Let the dust settle a little bit, and we’ve indicated to [Marchand] that we’ll have those talks quickly and see where they go.’’

Marchand’s likely shopping range will be to land alongside the club’s top two paid forwards, Patrice Bergeron ($6.875 million cap hit) and David Krejci ($7.25m cap).

Trade talks?

Sweeney arrived nearly an hour late for his scheduled 6:15 p.m. media update and offered little detail about why he ran so deep into overtime. “I was in session,’’ he kidded, “and was not dismissed.’’

The delay led to some speculation that Sweeney might be working on a trade. If so, nothing materialized by the time he met with the media.

Sweeney did reveal that Zach Trotman, a free agent, will not be offered a contract prior to July 1. However, Sweeney left open the possibility of signing the 6-3, 25-year-old blue liner after July 1. Trotman, drafted No. 210 in 2010, has played in only 67 NHL games the last five years.


As expected, the Bruins will not bring back Jonas Gustafsson to back up starting goaltender Tuukka Rask. Sweeney noted that Malcolm Subban was a “strong internal candidate’’ for the position.

Buyout options

The NHL buyout period began right after the Stanley Cup Final and will remain open into next week. The Bruins have not triggered a buyout, but Sweeney noted it remained an option.

Two potential buyouts would be disappointing winger Jimmy Hayes, acquired just a year ago from Florida, as well as veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

Of the two, Seidenberg would be the less likely, given the club’s dire need for help along the blue line. However, if Sweeney could swing a deal for an accomplished defenseman, the Bruins might be inclined to trim their salary commitment to Seidenberg ($7.5 million over the remaining two years of his deal), or look to deal him and retain a portion of his salary.

Hayes, who struggled to engage at both ends of the sheet, is due a total $4.9 million over the next two years.

The standard formula for buyouts: Players lose one-third of their remaining salary, and receive the remaining two-thirds over twice the term of their existing deal. Seidenberg and Hayes would receive their balances over four years.

Subban rumor

Hot rumor of the day had defenseman P.K. Subban to be dealt by the Canadiens. Don’t look for Subban to be walking through a door on Causeway Street. The Bruins don’t have a match suitable to both sides, and Les Glorieux likely would want to deal least with their longtime rival.


“I don’t know if I would ever divulge who we are talking to,’’ said Sweeney. “We’ve said we’d like to add a defenseman, and we’ve also said we have younger players who are going to get an opportunity, and more than likely you’ll find a surprise among that group as well.’’

Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.