The David Pastrnak holdout is over.
On the day the Bruins opened training camp, a source confirms that the 21-year-old right winger signed a six-year deal that will pay him $40 million, for an average annual value of $6.67 million. The contract puts Pastrnak on the same level as comparable players like Filip Forsberg and Johnny Gaudreau, and also allows him to hit unrestricted free agency at the young age of 27.
This turns out to be a good deal for the Bruins, as they avoided paying Pastrnak more than either Cup-winning veteran players Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, and slid in underneath the $7 million per season that Pastrnak could have demanded. The Bruins and Pastrnak’s camp both discussed longer deals with seven- and eight-year terms, but couldn’t close the gap on a deal where Boston would have been buying out expensive unrestricted free agent years at the back end of the contract.
Given the numbers for Leon Draisaitl (eight-year contract worth $8.5 million per season) and Vladimir Tarasenko (eight years, $7.5 million per season), the deal has to be considered a good one for general manager Don Sweeney and the Bruins. They were able to pay Pastrnak very close to fair market value, lock him up for a lengthy period, and lose virtually zero time in training camp . That’s good news all around for the B's, who absolutely needed to lock down a player who busted out for 34 goals and 70 points last season and is the kind of speed, skilled, game-breaking force they'll be building around for the next decade.
Pastrnak is expected to fly to Boston on Friday, per a source with knowledge of the situation, and will likely be on the ice with his Bruins teammates by the weekend.
TSN's Darren Dreger was the first to report a six-year contract agreement between the Bruins and Pastrnak.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.
*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.
*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.
*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.
*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.
*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.
Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.
It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.
“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”
Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice: