Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 23: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins skates down ice against the New York Rangers during the first period at TD Garden on April 23, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Boston Bruins are not an organization that’s even slightly willing to risk letting David Pastrnak slip out of town in 2023.

It’s why they set up a talk with Pastrnak’s camp, led by NHL superagent JP Barry, up in Montreal even with the focus on the 2022 NHL Draft.

“Our meeting with JP went well and they’re going to talk to David and attack it as soon as we can. They know the position the organization is in and how aggressive we’d like to be,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said following a six-pick draft for the B’s. “David has a say in that obviously, so you hope the two things align and you move forward in an aggressive manor. He’s a big part of the Boston Bruins.

“As a hockey player, David could score fifty goals in this league. He’s been a really good player. He continues to be a really good player. He’s a superstar in the league and he’s a superstar around the world. We’re fortunate to have him.”

In other words, the Bruins know what they have here. And they know how difficult it would be to replace a player like Pastrnak. It’s why it’s not even considered a viable option for a Black and Gold franchise approaching an undeniable and inevitable crossroads. But at 26 years old and with the fifth-most goals in hockey since 2016, Pastrnak should stay in the Bruins’ plans no matter the direction the team takes now or three years from now.

For the Bruins, it’s really about the number Pastrnak commands on his next deal.

And that, as of right now, remains a fluid situation.

“We haven’t exchanged numbers [yet],” Sweeney admitted. “We’re just talking and being aggressive and saying we’d like David to be a lifelong Bruin. Strongly indicated to him we’d like him to be a lifelong Bruin.”

That should leave little doubt as it relates to the B’s first order of business when they’re officially eligible to sign Pastrnak to an extension next week.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.