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Still no timetable on new deal for Bruins winger David Pastrnak

Ty Anderson
July 09, 2017 - 12:59 pm

For all his signings and draft picks, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney’s offseason really begins and ends with an extension for restricted free agent David Pastrnak.

With 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games for the Bruins last year, Pastrnak’s emergence as the club’s best right-side threat has come with the expectation (or reality) that he’s going to get paid handsomely. But that process has undoubtedly dragged on a bit longer than most would have liked, as the 21-year-old Pastrnak remains without a new deal following the final day of Bruins development camp at Warrior Ice Arena.

And without a targeted end date in sight.

“Just had some talks this week with his group and we’ll come to a resolution at some point in the future,” Sweeney said of the ongoing Pastrnak negotiations (Pastrnak is represented by J.P. Barry). “But again, no timetable.”

The belief is that Pastrnak would like a deal similar to those inked by Calgary’s Sean Monahan (seven-year, $44.6 million contract with a $6.375 million cap hit) and the Predators’ Filip Forsberg (six-year, $36 million contract with $6 million cap hit).  

The eventual Pastrnak extension will also dictate what other moves the Bruins can make this summer (Sweeney says that the club remains in on some veteran free agents), as No. 88’s expected to eat up around half of their $12.9 million in cap space.

Drafted with the 25th overall pick in 2014, Pastrnak, who recently took home the ‘Golden Stick’ as the Czech Republic’s best player, becoming the youngest player to win the award, has recorded 59 goals and 123 points in 172 games with the Bruins.

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