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Will Bruins And Pastrnak Shelve Talks If Deal Isn’t Reached Soon?

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Make no mistake, the Boston Bruins and star winger David Pastrnak share a mutual desire for Pastrnak to wear the Spoked B for at least another eight seasons after this one. Pastrnak and general manager Don Sweeney have made this clear to the media on numerous occasions and this past Thursday, Sweeney did so once again:

“J.P. [Barry] and I talk almost every day, as Pasta references,” Sweeney said of the contract negotiations between him and Pastrnak’s agent J.P. Barry. “Just trying to find the common ground, and hopefully we get to a point that we can announce, but we’re not there. Other than the appetites that I referenced, communication has been good. Just haven’t found the end point yet.”

Will there a come a time though when Sweeney and Barry/Pastrnak decide that end point will have to be after the 2022-23 regular season and however long a run the Bruins have in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs is over?

“Donny and the Bruins obviously don’t want that but sometimes there comes a point during a long and grueling season where both sides just shelve it for the good of the player and the team in terms of focus and that doesn’t mean they won’t sign him at all,” and NHL executive source opined to Boston Hockey Now less than 12 hours after David Pastrnak lit the lamp for a seventh time this season in a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.

Focus doesn’t seem to be an issue right now for the 26-year-old Pastrnak who with that goal and an assist on Friday night, now has multi-point games in four straight games and on Friday led reigning Art Ross Trophy winner and perennial Hart trophy candidate Connor McDavid by a point with 17 for the league lead. The better he gets, the higher his contract demands can go and one would think, the more urgency from Sweeney to ink the superstar winger.

However, according to a tweet by TSN and The Athletic NHL Insider on Friday, the Boston Bruins and the David Pastrnak camp are nowhere close on money right now.

The Filip Forsberg contract LeBrusn is referring to is a perfect example of what the aforementioned source above is referencing. It wasn’t until July 11, two days before the NHL free agent frenzy began on July 13, that the Predators were able to lock Forsberg to an an eight-year, $68 million ($8.5M AAV), extension. Clearly that’s not an ideal situation given how well Pastrnak is playing but given the difficult task of salary cap forecasting and negotiating in season, that could be the direction David Pastrnak contract talks eventually take.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

Question is how much is David and his greedy unreasonable agent asking. 10.5 better be the number I know Pasta needs to pay for his fours houses 50 staff, and government. But something better give soon.

Jorge Gomes

My thought is the longer you take to sign him the higher he’s worth. If he keeps his scoring to a level surpassing last year Sweeney will either have to pay what he’s worth or trade him way before free agency. Though I’ve heard comments that the Bruins didn’t want to pay him more than McAvoy I’m not sure that would be wise. You have to pay accordingly to what that year’s comparable salaries are. I think Sweeney is pretty good when it comes to contracts so I’m hoping it will get done sooner rather than later.

Ghost of the Kraut Line

Pasta is every bit the player of mcavoy and I think they can make their roster budget work at $11 million. More than that and it’s on pasta who has to realize those dollars are now coming at the expense of depth. His agent should be working harder on endorsements… Which will come if the team is successful.

But if the Bruins trade him for less than $11 million, I wouldn’t say it’s on par with losing Babe Ruth, but it would be an epic loss in Boston’s sports culture and history.

Knobman

Sweeney wants to sign him for well under market, just like all of the other stars of the team. Don’t know why any player would want to be a Bruin and play for the anti-player Jacobs family.

Phil

Shelving it isn’t an option for Sweeney. If he is not signed I don’t see how he can be with the B’s after the trade deadline. I still believe he will sign but the team can’t risk losing him for nothing. If it gets “shelved”, in my opinion he’s gone.

UnkleRakesh

For Pasta, he should be thinking more about about the team that will build around him. Bergy and Krejci not being around much longer (will they do another year even?) has got to be a concern for him.

This was thought to be the hold up.

I think the Bruins are a trade away from making the future better for Pasta. Unfortunately, the great team we are seeing today prohibits the trade that, if I was Pasta, I’d be looking at who’s playing Center for the next 8yrs.

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