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Report: Bruins offer David Pastrnak $42 million deal

Ty Anderson
August 27, 2017 - 8:29 pm

The Bruins and David Pastrnak have continued their staredown over a new contract, according to the Boston Globe

With less than two weeks to go before the start of rookie camp at Warrior Ice Arena, which marks the official start of the 2017-18 season for the Bruins, the Bruins have come at Pastrnak with a contract offer that would pay him $6 million per season, and with Bruins general manager Don Sweeney giving Pastrnak the choice for it to be a six-year ($36 million in total) or seven-year ($42 million in total) deal.

The $6 million per year offer, which is just a hair less than Brad Marchand's average annual value on his recent extension, is not going to be enough to entice the 21-year-old Pastrnak to re-sign with the Bruins (and it's already been offered once before), especially after Leon Draisaitl's eight-year, $68 million deal signed with the Oilers just a few weeks ago. 

And it's easy to see how things are getting a little uncomfortable between the two sides, especially with the seeming lack of progressing that's been made by the parties, and it's probably never too early to start worrying about the CBA-mandated Dec. 1 deadline for the Bruins to re-sign Pastrnak, as he would have to miss the entire season if he's not signed before then.  

“There is plenty of time between now and then,” Sweeney said of the Dec. 1 deadline to sign Pastrnak to a new deal. “We will continue to talk. We will find a landing spot. There are deadlines that exist, but I believe it’s a disservice to the player and the team to miss training camp, to be late for training camp, and to start the season. I don’t think anyone recovers the money. I don’t think anybody recovers the lost service time — team or player. It’s been proven. The team gets off to a slow start. It’s just completely disruptive. So my feeling has been all along, we are going to negotiate in complete good faith.”

Pastrnak scored a career-high 34 goals, 36 assists, and 70 points in 75 games last season.