Ray Bourque is making a sort of homecoming in Boston.
According to a report in The Boston Herald, Bourque is ready to come back to the Bruins to join their staff in some capacity and has been in talks with coach Mike Sullivan about a job on a limited basis.
"We talked a lot," Bourque told the newspaper Thursday night at the Bruins' game vs. the Sabres. "Nothing's finalized, but it's just a matter of doing that. I think it's something that's going to happen."
The newspaper reported that an agreement is close, but Bourque will not be a full-time assistant and he wouldn't travel with the club.
"Not very much travel at all," Bourque told The Herald. "It will be more just practice. My mornings are pretty free. ... Depending on my schedule, two to four times a week maybe in practice. I'll watch the games and come to games when I can. It will be nothing behind the bench, just watching, working with the [defensemen], helping with special teams and maybe getting down to Providence [of the AHL] once in a while and working with the kids down there."
Bourque retired in June 2001, shortly after winning his first Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. He played for 21 seasons in Boston but requested a trade to a contender in March 2000 in hopes of winning the Stanley Cup. That's when he landed in Colorado.
Bourque, the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history, was a five-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman and was a 19-time All-Star.