On the Boston Bruins and David Pastrnak …
Brian Lawton: From what has heard, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Boston Bruins traded David Pastrnak.
Jimmy Murphy: Source suggesting that the Bruins may have floated the Pastrnak trade rumors to put some pressure on him and his agent.
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: mentions both Lawton and Eklund’s notes on the Pastrnak trade rumors.
thinks that this could just be a sign that each side are getting antsy. Signs earlier this offseason pointed towards a six-year deal around $6 million per year, but recent signings may have now increased that number. A number that may now be more than Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
There has been some indications that lockout bonus money could be one hang up on a deal. The Bruins also have an internal structure where Pastrnak should be paid less that Marchanch and Bergeron.
The Bruins are not going to trade Pastrnak – they need what he brings and they don’t have anyone else that has his skill set. It would be Tyler Seguin all over again.
A new contract for Pastrnak may not happen until training camp, but fans shouldn’t be panicking over August trade rumors.
Matt Kalman of CBS Boston: Bruins fans are hoping for Filip Forsberg and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins comparables ($6 million a year) for David Pastrnak, but he could be thinking Johnny Gaudreau ($6.75 million) or Vladimir Tarasenko ($7.5 million).
The Bruins ‘internal salary cap’ has been brought up – David Krejci at $7.25 million, Patrice Bergeron at $6.875 million, Brad Marchand at $6.125 million and David Backes at $6 million. Three of those four are over 31 years old and are getting paid on past accomplishments more than future production – with Bergeron a possible exception.
Pastrnak has every right to ask to be paid as one of their best forwards.
Signing bonuses may be playing a role in the lack of a deal so far. Gaudreau has two signing bonuses in his deal for $6.5 million. Connor McDavid‘s deal has $86 million of the $100 million total in signing bonuses.