Heading into the final season with David Pastrnak under contract, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney looks to sign the star forward long term.
“Ongoing would probably be the best way to describe it,” Sweeney said of the negotiations with Pastrnak. “We’ve been in regular communication.”
The 26-year-old is one of the most impactful offensive players for Boston, and has been for a while. In his past six seasons, Pastrnak averaged 1.09 points per game. He finished the 2021-2022 season with 77 points in 72 games (40 goals, 37 assists). He currently has 240 career goals, good for 47th in the NHL, only one player ahead of him being younger (Auston Matthews).
There’s not a ton of urgency to get a deal done by the time the season starts back up in October. Sweeney doesn’t seem all that concerned about losing the young forward.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s part of the business,” Sweeney said when asked if he could risk going into the season without him signed.” “You know, leverage is out there and the conversations are ongoing. We’ve made our intentions known all along and we’ll continue to do that, and we’ll go from there. But you know, as far as entering the season with it, not a problem.”
Charlie McAvoy earns the most most money on the Bruins roster, his eight-year, $76 million ($9.5 million annually) extension kicks in this upcoming season. The expectation is that Patrnak’s annual average is in the same ballpark.
Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs is a 25-year old right wing making $10.9 million a year. Another sign of what Pastrnak, the 26-year old right wing, might make.