David Pastrnak is a restricted free agent. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

Bruins ‘moving in right direction’ of extension for David Pastrnak

Ty Anderson
June 03, 2017 - 4:03 pm

A new contract for winger David Pastrnak, a pending restricted free agent this summer, is at the absolute top of Bruins general manager Don Sweeney’s summer the to-do list.

The Bruins believe they’re getting closer to crossing it off their list, too.

“[Pastrnak’s agent] J.P. [Barry] and I have sat down, we’ve had some good discussions,” Sweeney said at the NHL draft combine on Friday. “It’s moving in the right direction. Timeline, I don’t have. But we expect to complete a deal and for him to be a longtime member of the Boston Bruins. That’s our intention.”

Barry represented both Dougie Hamilton and Loui Eriksson (two negotiations that did not go the B’s way), but there’s a completely different sense this time around, as the budding superstar affectionately known as ‘Pasta’ has loved every second of playing here.

"We want David, and David certainly reiterated a number of times that he wants to play here and stay here," Bruins president Cam Neely said last month. "He loves it here. So I feel confident we can get something done with him."

In just his third season with the Bruins, the 21-year-old Pastrnak recorded career-high marks in goals (34), and those 34 goals ranked as the 10th-most in the NHL. assists (36), and points (70) in 75 games played.

Drafted with the 25th overall pick in 2014, Pastrnak has totaled 59 goals and 123 points in 172 NHL games.

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