NHL Rumors: Bruins Star Won't Re-sign If Changes Aren't Made

It appears as though things have gone from bad to worse. The Boston Bruins fired head coach Bruce Cassidy and there have been some ripple effects. Star winger David Pastrnak was reportedly not happy about the decision to fire Cassidy and how management handled the contract talks with Torey Krug and David Krejci.

This came from Bruins reporter and insider Fluto Shinzawa as he says that there is no chance Pastrnak re-signs with the Bruins after his deal is over if Don Sweeney remains the general manager. Sweeney has been the general manager since May of 2015 and he has made his fair share of bad moves along the way.

He was responsible for the drafting of Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk, and Zach Senyshyn at 13th, 14th, and 15th overall in 2015 after trading away Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic to acquire two of the picks. He also traded away Martin Jones after acquiring him for a first round pick that turned into Trent Frederic.

The Bruins could be a very different team if more of their first round picks had hit and deadline adequate trades were made. Cassidy had a record of 245-108-46, a Stanley Cup appearance in 2019, and playoffs in all six seasons as head coach. It seems pretty obvious that Sweeney used Cassidy as a scapegoat to cover the bad moves he has made throughout his tenure.

So with one year remaining on Pastrnak's deal with a cap hit of $6.667 million, the Bruins would like to re-sign him. If a deal can't be reached, Sweeney will have no choice other than to look into trading the star winger and not lose him for nothing. Pastrnak, at his cap hit and with the production he provides, will fetch a stellar return if he goes by the deadline. The Bruins are already not looking good to begin the season with multiple key players slated to miss time recovering from surgeries. The sooner a trade is made, the better the return if it plays out that way. Then the Bruins will seriously have to consider a rebuild.

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