LeBrun: Boychuk on the radar

Pierre LeBrun writes in his blog today about a few potential unrestricted free agents who might be a little under the radar, including Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Here's LeBrun's take:

Keep an eye on Johnny Boychuk. He's only 26 years old, but he qualifies as a Group 6 unrestricted free agent. He broke through last season with a solid second half and a real nice playoffs. He led all Bruins players with 39 blocked shots in 13 postseason games (Zdeno Chara was second with 24) and was second only to Chara in ice time per game in the playoffs (26:10) and shorthanded ice time per game (3:18).

Nice résumé to have as a potential UFA, but the blueliner wants to stay in Boston and talks with the Bruins have gone well so far.

"We're hopeful. I think it's positive where we're at," Boychuk's agent, Gerry Johannson, told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "You never know how it's going to end up, but our priority is to keep Johnny in Boston. It's a nice option to [being UFA], but it's certainly our intention to make it work with Boston. We've had good conversations."