On the Boston Bruins …
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: (mailbag) David Pastrnak has earned a deal that is close to what the Oilers gave Leon Draisaitl – eight years at $8.5 million per. The 21-year old scored 34 goals and recorded 70 points.
doesn’t think the Bruins are listening to trade offers for Pastrnak at this time. If they could get someone like Zach Werenski, then maybe they would think about it. The Bruins would then eventually have the same problem; they would have to give them a big contract. The Bruins wouldn’t get equal value back if they trade him. The Bruins have the cap space to re-sign him.
On the Toronto Maple Leafs …
GeoFitz4 of Raw Charge: (@extragalactic) translated an article from Sovsport.ru that reported that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock were in Russia meeting with CSKA defenseman Igor Ozhiganov.
“At first I was surprised when I found out that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock recently visited Moscow only to have a dinner with CSKA defenseman Igor Ozhiganov.
But then I remembered that in 2016, the great coach Babcock went to Moscow only for a dinner with Nikita Zaitsev. Shortly afterwards, the defenseman left CSKA for Toronto, where he had a good debut season (36 points) and signed a 7-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million. And who will say Nikita hasn’t earned the money? He managed to fit in with the team as if he had been playing there for five years. The club’s attitude and the way they had been coaxing him the whole year played a big role there.
Now the Leafs have a great interest in Ozhiganov, a large defenseman with an excellent shot. What does Igor have in Russia? There was the blockbuster game with SKA. And you know what, Ozhiganov was off the lineup and watched the game from the stands. Because CSKA has six good lines, and all the players simply don’t fit on the roster.”
The 24-year old Ozhiganov has one-year left on his KHL contract.