Will David Pastrnak Seek Success On A New Team?

Boston Bruins' sniper David Pastrnak spoke on his career thus far with Denik Sports and said "I'm going into my ninth season and I haven't won anything yet. Time flies and I regret it every year." He would be referring to team success considering Pastrnak has won a Maurice Richard Trophy in 2019-20.

In his eight seasons in the NHL, the Bruins have missed the playoffs twice (his first two with the team), lost in the first round twice, second round three times, and lost in the Stanley Cup Final one time. The Bruins have the misfortune of playing in the same division as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Toronto Maple Leafs as well as a division that is very much improved this offseason.

The Lightning have won the Cup two of the past three seasons, the Panthers took last season's Presidents' Trophy, and the Maple Leafs are always a tough team to beat in the regular season and to finish above in regards to the standings.

The Bruins are only getting worse despite bringing back Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci on one-year deals. The remaining core players are all getting older and will likely start to noticeably decline soon. There is no good news on the injury front as Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, and Matt Grzelcyk will all start next season on the injured reserve and stay there for some time. It will be an uphill battle and a battle to just stay in contention until the team is at full strength.

Pastrnak is 26 years old and is an unrestricted free agent after next season. He could very well look for a new team in free agency or the Bruins could even trade him by the deadline if he indicates he may want to test the market. The star forward has stated in the past that he is happy to just be in the NHL and money isn't a big thing. With that mentality, many contenders would be able to free up space to sign him if he so chooses to try and win a Cup there.

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