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David Pastrnak won't report to Bruins without new deal

Ty Anderson
September 13, 2017 - 3:16 pm

As expected, and still without a deal reached between Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and NHL agent J.P. Barry, star restricted free agent David Pastrnak will not be on the ice for the start of Bruins training camp on Thursday.

In fact, the 21-year-old Pastrnak will not even be stateside, as he currently remains back home in the Czech Republic and will not report to Boston without a new deal, according to reports. It has also been reported, and confirmed to WEEI.com, that the sides continue to engage in fluid discussions to work on different angles and deals in an attempt to bridge the sizeable gap that apparently remains between the parties.

This will be the first camp holdout of Sweeney’s tenure as general manager, and the first holdout for the Bruins since winger Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug missed the majority of the 2014 training camp and preseason before settling on one-year deals. Both Smith and Krug were eventually given extensions from those one-year contracts, with Krug eventually (and finally) earning a four-year, $21 million extension in 2016, while Smith was extended and then traded to Florida before his extension began.

If the Bruins and Pastrnak can somehow pull off the upset of getting a deal done before camp officially begins, it will be similar to what the Bruins did with Brad Marchand in 2011, as Marchand was a late summer holdout after his breakout rookie season and even stronger 2011 playoff run, before signing a two-year, $5 million deal.

Pastrnak ranked second among Bruins in both goals (34) and points (70) last season, and his 34 goals finished as the 10th-most among all NHL skaters a year ago.

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