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Important offseason awaits for Loui Eriksson

Eriksson has 62 goals and 85 assists in 224 career regular season games as a Bruin.

Eriksson posted three straight 70+ point seasons for Dallas from 2008-2011, but has been unable to match that production since coming to Boston in 2013. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Throughout his third season in Boston, rumors of trades and contract negotiations followed Loui Eriksson. Regardless of the noise, Eriksson expected to be participating in playoff hockey.

 

Following a second straight disappointing ending, Eriksoon was left to answer questions Monday with the Bruins on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

“There were a lot of things going on, especially during the trade deadline,” Eriksson said during the team’s breakup day on Monday. “During that time I just tried to focus on my game, and I can’t really take care of what happened during that time. Other than that, I think I had a pretty good season here, and it’s just too bad that we didn’t make the playoffs here. Everyone is disappointed, and so am I.”

Following his second career 30-goal season, his first since 2008-09 in Dallas, Eriksson hits the open market as a top target. Many teams will be vying for the services of the 30-year-old Swede, who will unquestionably get top dollar.

Eriksson, who showed tremendous resilience during his time in Boston, thinks he has a lot to offer to interested parties.

“I think so,” Eriksson said when asked about knowing what teams will get if they sign him this off-season.

“I’ve been in this league for a long time. I have a lot of good experience, and we’ll see what’s going to happen this summer. All I can do is try to work hard this summer, and I want to go [to a place] where I can win the whole playoffs and everything. I’m going to work hard this summer to stay in shape and get better.”

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Will that future be in Boston?

“You never know,” said Eriksson. “Like I said before, I like to play here, and it’s a great team to play for and it’s a great city to live in, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Eriksson is a UFA for the first time in his career. Some only get one chance to cash in big on the open market. That, along with choosing his next team — if it’s not the Bruins — is enticing for Eriksson, who turns 31 in July.

Aside from his agent, Eriksson will have extra consultants — his family.

“I never been in this situation before, and it’s a little bit different for the whole family and hopefully we can find a place to play on a good team. We’ll see if that’s going to be here [or elsewhere] and that’s something me and my family have to sit down and talk about.”

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