BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston Bruins and Loui Eriksson continue to negotiate a new contract for the pending unrestricted free agent winger. Agent J.P. Barry of CAA Sports, who represents Eriksson, says he has been waiting to receive a fresh contract offer from GM Don Sweeney.

According to ESPN hockey writer Pierre LeBrun’s “Rumblings” column, Barry texted him on Thursday: “Don and I have been in regular communication. We were expecting a new offer from the Club at some point but we haven’t received one yet. … I’m sure we will speak again prior to the draft about their intentions.”

Eriksson is coming off his first 30-goal season since 2008-09 and could command a big payday as a free agent. If the Bruins don’t re-sign him, they also have the option of trading his negotiation rights sometime before next Friday’s NHL Draft. The Arizona Coyotes just traded a fifth-round pick for negotiating rights to pending UFA defenseman Alex Goligoski, so it would not be an unprecedented move for a team that covets Eriksson as a UFA to have exclusive rights to woo him before free agency begins on July 1.

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