Bruins GM Sweeney wants to ‘find a deal’ with Eriksson, but will do ‘what’s best for the organization’

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The Boston Bruins don’t want to trade forward Loui Eriksson, but they may have no choice.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney reiterated his plan prior to Sunday’s game against the Lightning.

Sweeney made it clear that his goal is to extend Eriksson’s contract.  If they’re unable to do so before Monday’s trade deadline, they’ll have to make a tough decision regarding his future.

The Bruins are in a particularly difficult position because they aren’t sellers. They’re tied with the Lightning for second in the Atlantic Division (the Bolts have a game in hand).

Trading Eriksson to another team would certainly weaken the 2015-16 edition of the B’s, which isn’t ideal for a team hoping to make a long playoff run.

Of course, the Bruins could just keep Eriksson and lose him in free agency if a deal can’t be reached.

The 30-year-old has 23 goals and 48 points in 62 games this season.

Eriksson will be in the lineup when the Bruins take on the Bolts at 6:30 pm ET on Sunday.

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WATCH LIVE: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes a save against Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand as he is defended by Anton Stralman (6), of Sweden, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 5-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins will clash in an important Atlantic Division matchup on Sunday evening.

The game has huge playoff implications, as the winner of this one will take over second place in the division.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman left Friday’s game against the Devils because of a hand injury, but he’s been cleared to play in this contest.

Tampa Bay  has won five straight games.

For Boston, Loui Eriksson seems to be the name on everyone’s mind right now. Eriksson’s camp and the Bruins are trying to work out a contract extension, but that seems unlikely to happen before Monday’s trade deadline.

There’s a very real possibility that this could be his last game in Black and Gold.

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Not much progress between Bruins, Eriksson (so stay tuned)

Boston Bruins' Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, and Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, celebrate after Ericsson scored a goal against the Dallas Stars in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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There are plenty of other trade deadline scenarios to follow,* yet the situation between Loui Eriksson and the Boston Bruins is especially captivating.

One obvious reason is that Eriksson ranks among the best players available and may just be the gem of the potential trade targets list as of today.

The other plays into the drama: it seems like this scenario features quite a few twists and turns. The drama may ratchet up a notch on Sunday, too.

TSN’s Darren Dreger painted a dire picture for Bruins fans hoping that Eriksson sticks around:

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That’s not to say that every report indicates a lack of any progress:

If you’re hoping that Eriksson will spoil the surprise … well, you’re out of luck.

Of course, sometimes the off-the-ice stuff feels like just as much of a game. With that in mind, there might just be some “momentum shifts” today, so keep your eyes peeled.

* – Two examples: Dan Hamhuis and the Canucks along with Brandon Pirri‘s future in Florida …

Report: Flames inform Russell he’s likely to be dealt; Pens, Bruins are potential landing spots

Calgary Flames' Kris Russell (4) and Carolina Hurricanes' Chris Terry (25) fall to the ice chasing the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Carolina won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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It looks like the Calgary Flames will be sending at least one player packing before Monday’s trade deadline.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Flames have already informed Kris Russell that he’ll likely be dealt to another team.

The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are the front-runners to land Russell at this point, per Dreger.

In the meantime, the Flames are being extra cautious with Russell’s lower-body injury.

The 28-year-old skated during Calgary’s morning skate on Saturday, but it looks like he’ll miss his seventh consecutive game.

With few defensemen available as rentals this year, the Flames could get a nice return on a player with Russell’s skill set.

He has 15 points in 51 games this season, but he managed to put up 34 points in 2014-15.

Claude Julien closes in on Bruins milestone after victory over Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Matt Beleskey scored goals in the first and third periods, leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

It was the 388th regular-season victory for Boston coach Claude Julien, who needs two wins to tie Art Ross as the Bruins’ career leader.

The Hurricanes lost in regulation for just the third time in their last 16 home games (10-3-3). But, Carolina has lost in regulation on back-to-back nights.

Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston in the first period, and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the closing seconds. Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots.

Noah Hanifin had Carolina’s lone goal.

Hurricanes center Brad Malone, who is currently on waivers, played in his first game since Jan. 24.

The Bruins led 2-0 after a first period in which the Hurricanes had 12 shots on goal to Boston’s 11.

Bergeron put the Bruins ahead at 10:26 of the first, taking Brett Connolly‘s pass low in the right circle and roofing the puck over Ward’s right shoulder.

Beleskey doubled the lead on the power play at 12:38, scoring on a rush by lining the puck over Ward’s glove from the left circle with Torey Krug on the helper.

Carolina outshot the visitors 10-6 during a second period played without a penalty.

Hanifin halved the lead at 3:00 of the third, lighting the lamp by ricocheting the puck off Rask’s skate. But Beleskey got his second goal of the night at 6:24, beating Ward from the low slot on an assist from Ryan Spooner.

NOTES: The Hurricanes host St. Louis on Sunday before playing their next two on the road. … Boston hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday in the opener of a four-game homestand. … Carolina D Justin Faulk (lower body) missed his second straight game, while C Andrej Nestrasil (back) C Jay McClement (upper body) and D Justin Faulk (lower body) were also out. … C Max Talbot, RW Tyler Randell and D Zach Trotman were all healthy scratches for the Bruins. … Boston D Dennis Seidenberg was a member of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup champions. … The teams’ other meetings this season are in Boston on March 10 and April 5.