The NHL noticed a lot of high-priced extensions this summer season, with gamers like Nathan MacKinnon, J.T. Miller and Jonathan Huberdeau all signing long-term offers to maintain them away from unrestricted free company. As the names began ticking off the listing, the main focus narrowed to a handful of names that also don’t have offers for 2023-24.
Chief amongst them is David Pastrnak, the Boston Bruins famous person that would hit the open market on the age of 27 in just a little over eight months. Pastrnak is without doubt one of the most constant offensive gamers within the league, with a minimum of 34 targets in every of the final 5 full-length seasons (and 20 within the shortened 2020-21 marketing campaign).
Coming off a 77-point season, he began issues off on the correct foot Wednesday night time by posting 4 factors in opposition to the Washington Capitals to take the early NHL lead. Friend and teammate David Krejci
told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic after the sport that Pastrnak “has no ceiling” and “just keeps getting better.”
With that in thoughts, the extension negotiations between Pastrnak and the Bruins may result in fairly a contract. Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweets that talks proceed between the 2 sides, and notes that the star ahead is a “Panarin-level player on the open market.”
LeBrun, after all, is referring to New York Rangers ahead Artemi Panarin, who secured one of many greatest contracts within the league when he reached the open market in 2019. The Rangers handed Panarin a seven-year, $81.5M deal that carries a cap hit of $11.64M, making him the highest-paid winger within the league and second solely to Connor McDavid by way of total cap hit. Both have since been eclipsed by MacKinnon’s whopping eight-year, $100.8M deal.
“I don’t play hockey for money, man,” said Pastrnak in 2019 when discussing his final deal, a contract that put him at a really team-friendly $6.67M cap hit for six years. It has grow to be probably the most worthwhile offers within the league, with the Czech winger far outpacing his wage by way of on-ice manufacturing.
Now, as the subsequent contract approaches, will probably be attention-grabbing to see if Pastrnak once more offers Boston a reduction. LeBrun notably mentioned that he can be Panarin-level on the open market, however instructed that re-signing with the Bruins is a distinct story. Currently, Boston’s highest-paid participant is Charlie McAvoy, who signed an eight-year, $76M extension virtually precisely a yr in the past.