Boston Bruins fans were treated to some intriguing news on Thursday courtesy of The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.
The NHL insider gave an update on negotiations between the Bruins and Pastrnak, and the latest update isn’t exactly great.
“There’s been ongoing dialogue, but my sense is the gap in positions is real,” LeBrun wrote. “The good news is that talks haven’t broken off.”
Pastrnak’s agent, J.P. Barry, spoke to Lebrun and told the insider that he had recent discussions with the organization.
“I’ve been in regular discussions with (general manager) Don (Sweeney) about our respective positions for a few months,” Barry told Lebrun. “We remain apart at this juncture. We will continue to negotiate.”
The longer Pastrnak remains without a long-term contract, the more fans will grow anxious. There is no doubt that the winger would fetch a major payday if he was to hit the open market.
Pastrnak is in the midst of another stellar season. He has racked up 24 goals, and 24 assists in 35 games played this season. While already one of the best wingers in the NHL, Pastrnak has found another level after being reunited with David Krejci.
It might seem like hyperbole, but the Bruins need to re-sign Pastrnak. If they don’t, the organization could be in major trouble.
It is unknown how much longer Patrice Bergeron and Krejci will play. Fans wouldn’t be shocked if both players retired after the 2022-23 season (especially if Boston wins a Stanley Cup).
Even Brad Marchand is reaching the age when retirement makes its way to the forefront. At 34 years old, he’s nearing the end of his career.
Charlie McAvoy and Pastrnak are the future of the Bruins. They are the foundations that Don Sweeney needs to build upon if they want to continue to be playoff contenders. At ages 25 and 26, respectively, McAvoy and Pastrnak have plenty of gas left in the tank and are entering the prime of their NHL careers.
So while it is great to hear that the two sides are talking, Sweeney needs to reach a deal with Pastrnak sooner rather than later.