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After an exhausting summer of deadlocked contract negotiations, the Bruins came to an agreement on a six-year, $40 million contract with David Pastrnak worth $6.6667 million annually.
The deal came at the very last minute, with players reporting to Boston for training camp today. Pastrnak was still in the Czech Republic as of yesterday, refusing to come back without a new contract. The first on-ice sessions begin tomorrow at Warrior Ice Arena, and it seemed as though there would be no chance of the deal getting done in time.
Pastrnak finished second on the Bruins with 34 goals, 36 assists and 70 points, which led to reports that he was demanding similar money to Oilers center Leon Draisaitl, who signed an eight-year, $68 million ($8.5 million AAV) contract earlier in the summer. The high asking price, in addition to lockout-protected signing bonuses and possible offers from the KHL turned the negotiations into a wild ride for everyone following.
The agreed-upon deal makes sense for both sides. The Bruins locked up a budding superstar for six years without having to overpay and potentially alter future plans. Pastrnak signed for a fair value to stay in Boston, where he has made it clear he loves, while still acquiring the desired signing bonuses.
Here is a breakdown of the contract, including bonuses and a no-movement clause, according to CSNNE’s DJ Bean:
Pasta is now the fourth-highest paid Bruin, behind only David Krejci ($7.25 million), Tuukka Rask ($7 million) and Patrice Bergeron ($6.875 million). According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the team used Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg as a comparison during the negotiations. Forsberg signed a six-year, $36 million contract in 2016 and has two-straight 30-goal seasons, and has a career high of 64 points.
Despite all of the frustration that this situation caused, you have to give credit to Don Sweeney and the Bruins front office. It may have taken longer than expected, but they rode out the talks as long as needed and ultimately settled on a fair contract. Sweeney didn’t hand Pastrnak the Draisaitl-esque $8.5 million, and he didn’t run him out of town to the KHL. This was an impressive showing from the Bruins’ still-inexperienced general manager.Follow @Garbino42