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Mar 27, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) smiles at teammates after scoring his third goal of the game during the third period against the New York Rangers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

David Pastrnak is one of the best hockey players in the world. He also might be one of the funniest.

Pastrnak often has a sharp wit about things when reporters pepper him with questions, particularly the lighter ones. He’s also not afraid to just call you a stupid idiot if the question is more critical. But most of the time he’s just got a nice little quip to put a smile on your face. He’s quick like that, more so than many players. He had another pretty good one on Monday.

During a video conference with reporters on Monday, Pastrnak was asked what he plans to do first when he finally returns to Boston as the NHL prepares for a gradual return from the COVID-19 shutdown. Get in a quick skate, perhaps. Maybe pick up some Dunkin’. But let’s get serious, “Pasta” is practical.

“I don’t know … get tested for COVID?” Pastrnak joked.

David Pastrnak joked that the first thing he’ll do when he returns is “get tested for COVID?” But he may have to. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

In all honesty that may be the best move. Perhaps mandatory. The Bruins may greet him off the plane only to wrap him in a burlap sack and throw him in the trunk and take him to Warrior Ice Arena. Just to make sure.

Pastrnak’s test will come days after the Bruins revealed that a player tested positive for COVID-19, only to test negative in a subsequent test. Don Sweeney said the unnamed player was asymptomatic and never made contact with the Bruins’ facilities.

The Bruins (and the rest of the league) really need to hope there’s no bad outbreak at a facility somewhere. We’re inching closer to the return of hockey. Pastrnak was joking around, but he may not have a choice. Hope for a negative test.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at