As expected, teams have used the NHL’s free agency interview window to approach winger Loui Eriksson, who spent the last three seasons with the Bruins. As of Sunday evening, six teams had contacted Eriksson’s agent about the player.

According to WCVB, Bruins defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque was arrested Friday night on DWI charges.

Ray Bourque was reportedly arrested Friday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Ray Bourque was reportedly arrested Friday night. (Elsa/Getty Images)

According to WCVB, Bruins defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque was arrested Friday night on DWI charges.

WCVB’s report cited Andover police but offered little information on the specifics as of Saturday evening.

Considered one of the best defensemen of all time, Bourque played for the Bruins from 1979 through 2000 before being traded to the Avalanche. He eventually won the Stanley Cup in his second season in Colorado, the final season of his career.

Bourque captained the Bruins from 1985 until the time of his trade, sharing captain duties with Rick Middleton for the first three years.

A five-time Norris Trophy winner, Bourque scored 410 goals and added 1169 assists for 1579 points — all of which are the most ever by an NHL defenseman — in 1612 NHL games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

BUFFALO — The Bruins turned heads late in the first round Friday when they selected 6-foot-2 American center Trent Frederic. After the player was selected, he admitted that though he was tough customer, he had a ways to go offensively.

Modesty, right? Maybe not.

In their own words, the Bruins spent the 29th overall pick on a player whom they don’t see being a top-six forward.

“We had him in the right spot because we all liked him,” director of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky said after the draft. “That’s the one thing: he’s not going to be a top two line guy. We know that. He has some jam, he plays hard. Look at his penalty minutes. We were really fortunate to get him.”

Draft picks can be scratch tickets, but if you’re going to go off the board (as they did in this case; Frederic was considered a mid-to-late second-round pick by many), why not swing for the fences and go for the most talented guy? The most obvious candidate for such a pick was miniature right wing Alex DeBrincat, who at 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds scored 51 goals in each of his first two seasons in the OHL.

Everyone gave the Bruins flack for taking Zach Senyshyn 15th overall last year, but that move still seems more sensible than this one.

By the time the Bruins picked again at No. 49 Saturday, DeBrincat was off the board, having been drafted by the Blackhawks. The Bruins feared that if they passed on Frederic at 29, they might not get another chance at him. Though he could very well prove to be an NHL player, you’d think the Bruins would have been able to find another potential bottom sixer later.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — While it wasn’t quite the 2013 draft ripping that Peter Chiarelli gave then-Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, Don Sweeney showed Saturday that he’s not afraid to be blunt in describing one of his own players.

Jimmy Hayes scored one goal over his final 23 games last season. (Kim Klement/USA Today)

Jimmy Hayes scored one goal over his final 23 games last season. (Kim Klement/USA Today)

BUFFALO — While it wasn’t quite the 2013 draft ripping that Peter Chiarelli gave then-Bruins forward Tyler Seguin, Don Sweeney showed Saturday that he’s not afraid to be blunt in describing one of his own players.

Sweeney didn’t hold back when asked what the future holds for Jimmy Hayes as the Dorchester native enters his second season as a Bruin. After being acquired in a trade that sent Reilly Smith to Florida, the Boston College product scored just 13 goals and buried only one puck over his final 23 games of the season.

With the Bruins’ right side in flux, Sweeney painted a clear picture of Hayes’ shortcomings and said he needs the 6-foot-5 wing to be better.

“I think Jimmy had a pretty good start to his year, but he tailed off when the team needed him most,” Sweeney said. “He should take some responsibility for that, I think. We’ve had a pretty frank discussion about it to challenge him to take his game to another level to be able to help out a younger player that he’s played a lot with in Ryan Spooner. I have to put ownership on Jimmy in terms of saying, ‘Hey. You have to take more responsibility.’

“It’s not just about finishing scoring goals; he has the capacity to do that. He gets power play time and net-front time, but to get to the hard areas of the ice with more consistency, it’s an area he needs to improve upon.

“I’m not shy in terms of — just like in my own career going back — coaches acknowledging where you had to work on. We as an organization feel like those are areas where we need to have our players be driven to get better.”

Hayes is entering the second year of a three-year contract that carries a $2.3 million cap hit.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — Canucks general manager Jim Benning was fined by the league for talking about Steven Stamkos too early. Even with the legal interview period now open, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney still chose his words carefully when asked about this summer’s top free agent. In fact, he never even said Stamkos’ name when asked about him.

BUFFALO — Canucks general manager Jim Benning was fined by the league for talking about Steven Stamkos too early. Even with the legal interview period now open, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney still chose his words carefully when asked about this summer’s top free agent. In fact, he never even said Stamkos’ name when asked about him.

But he did indicate he’d reach out to the three-time 40-goal-scorer.

“We will take the temperature of whoever will help our hockey club,” Sweeney said with a grin. “If it lines up, that’s what we’d like to do. We obviously have flexibility for any particular player that we would like to go after. There’s a lot of coveted ones in the market, so we’ll make all the calls. Absolutely all the calls.”

Among the other top free agents who could be of interest to the Bruins is former Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — The Bruins went defense with the 49th overall pick in the draft Saturday, selecting University of Minnesota commit Ryan Lindgren.

A left-shot D, Lindgren was the captain of the U.S. National Under 18 team. He had six goals and 19 assists for 25 points with 60 penalty minutes on 61 games last season.

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DJ Bean

BUFFALO — With Loui Eriksson likely headed to free agency and the period for teams to interview free agents having opened at midnight, the Bruins are set to lay the groundwork for whatever their July 1 plans may be.

Those plans still may include retaining Eriksson, but he figures to get plenty of attention from other clubs willing to go longer than the four-year term from which the Bruins have not budged.

“I had a good conversation with Loui’s group, J.P., [Friday],” general manager Don Sweeney said late Friday night. “We’ll continue to see. Obviously the period to talk to other teams is opening and I’m sure they’ll be exploring that. We’re in a position where we’re going to sign a couple of players and we’ve [been interested] all along. We just don’t know whether or not we’ve found common ground. We clearly didn’t because we didn’t sign, but the discussions were good. They were positive, but it’s a balancing act and we’ll be now in discussions with other players as well.”

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DJ Bean