David Pastrnak had 70 points for the Bruins in 2016-17.

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Bruins have not made progress on new deal for David Pastrnak

Ty Anderson
July 31, 2017 - 2:45 pm

The Bruins have handled just about every possible organizational issue this summer, and still, restricted free agent David Pastrnak remains without a new contract.

And they don’t seem to be all that much closer on that new deal.

“I’d say we’re at the same point you asked me the last time,” Bruins GM Don Sweeney said when asked for an update on the negotiations. “We’re in a holding pattern.”

It’s believed that the Bruins would prefer to get Pastrnak, who is currently with the Bruins on a trip to China as part of a partnership with O.R.G. Packaging, under contract for somewhere close to $6 million per season on a long-term deal, while Pastrnak’s camp could be looking for something closer to $7 million per season.

"I have not made much progress as what I would have liked," admitted Sweeney, who has over $10 million in cap space remaining with Pastrnak still unsigned. "But we have plenty of time and the opportunity to continue to talk and we will find a landing spot. 

The No. 25 overall pick from 2014, the 21-year-old Pastrnak established career-bests in goals (34), assists (36), and points (70) in 75 games for the Bruins last season.