Bruins GM Reveals Status Of Pastrnak Negotiations

With Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Pavel Zacha all signed, sealed and delivered, the big question facing the Boston Bruins now is the status of impending unrestricted free agent David Pastrnak. GM Don Sweeney is describing the negotiations on an extension as "ongoing."

“Ongoing would be the best way to describe it," said Sweeney. "We’ve been in regular contact with (his agent) JP (Barry). We’ve made our intentions known all along to David and we’ll continue to do that.” 

According to Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now, the Bruins are "prepared to go into the season with him unsigned if that’s the way things play out for both sides."

Taking Johnny Gaudreau and Jonathan Huberdeau as potential comps, it's plausible that the sides would be negotiating at somewhere in the range of $9.75M to $10.5M AAV that each of those players, respectively, signed for last month.

Captain Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins a hometown discount to return this season, but there's no indication—nor any expectation—that Pastrnak, 11 years younger than Bergeron, would be willing to do the same. 

The 26-year-old winger posted 40 goals and 77 points for the Bruins in his 8th year with the club.

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