Is it time to start worrying about the David Pastranak contract situation? It certainly seems like it to me. Is it the length of contract? Amount per year or total dollars? It is hard to decipher with little to no news coming out of Boston.
Here are some general thoughts on what could be the holdup:
The Brad Marchand factor- signed an 8-year, 49 million-dollar contract (6.125 per year).
Some experts are saying the Bruins want to stay under that number, and I happen to agree with that assessment. Brad has made himself a core player for the Bruins, and a scoring machine of late. Pastranak is coming off his best season, tallying 34 goals and 36 assists for 70 points. These numbers are very similar to a guy named Tyler Seguin. Now I’m not saying Pastranak is the same as Seguin as a player, but the potential is there.
The other hold up could be a player outside of Boston, Leon Draisati. Draisati is also an RFA with similar career numbers as pasta. Maybe they want to see what he gets before making Pastranak another offer.
Either way, I want him here long term. Bruins fans as a whole don’t trust management, and can you really blame us? This is an organization that took Raymond Bourque to arbitration. Yes, they took arguably the second-best defensemen in Bruins history and won the case.
Get this man signed pronto, Don. You already have a good young core with Charlie Mcavoy, Brandon Carlo, and the teams top 3 prospects ready to get a crack in Boston; Anders Bjork, Jake DeBrusk and Zach Sensyn. Think about it Don, do you want another potential 30-goal scorer to slip through your fingers like Kessel and Seguin?
What are your thoughts, Bruins fans? Is it time to get nervous? I am.