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David Pastrnak Gets A Six-Year Deal In Boston

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Still No David Pastrnak Contract

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The NHL is a deadline league. Thursday, when the players open camp with physicals, represents a critical date. There is urgency on both sides to put pen to paper by then. But to this point, that looming checkpoint has not initiated enough progress to produce a handshake.

“Maybe not for the start of training camp, because it’s kind of getting down to the wire,” Bergeron said of welcoming back one of his regular linemates. “But yeah, I am [optimistic]. I’m hoping they can come to an agreement. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. That being said, we’ll see what happens.”

In such disagreements, there is no black and white. The truth is in the middle, where compromises take place.

Perhaps the Bruins will acknowledge that paying Pastrnak a higher average annual value than David Krejci ($7.25 million) does not stand for a loss. Maybe Pastrnak will understand that rubbing financial elbows with $8.5 million man Leon Draisaitl is not a priority.

To this point, neither side has stepped off the hills where they’ve planted their flags. If this difference of opinion continues into camp, there will be no winner when Pastrnak ultimately signs his contract.


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No Progress Between The Boston Bruins And David Pastrnak Regarding Contract Talks

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

Don Sweeney had no progress to report in his efforts to find a new deal for budding star David Pastrnak, but it sounds as if the two sides have rolled up their sleeves and begun hashing it out in earnest.

“Status quo. (Pastrnak's agent J.P. Barry) and I continue talking and will continue to talk to find a way to get a deal at some point in time," Sweeney said Thursday morning. "There's no real timetable on it and nothing to really expand on other than to say the nature of the talks have been ongoing.

The B's have offered a six- or seven-year deal worth $6 million per season while it is believed that Pastrnak is looking for something more in line with what Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl's signed earlier in the summer, an eight-year pact worth $8.5 million a season.

The two sides have until December 1 to reach a deal or Pastrnak would be ineligible to play this season, but Sweeney would ideally like him in the fold when training camp begins next Thursday.


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A “Good Ride” For Mark Recchi

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Last seen in Boston in a duck boat, hugging and kissing the Stanley Cup in June 2011, Mark Recchi has had himself a pretty good summer.

In a span of a little more than three weeks, June 17-July 11, the 49-year-old Recchi first was promoted to Pittsburgh’s director of player development, then days later learned he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and finally added the role as an assistant coach with the Penguins.

Oh, and on June 11, the Penguins rubbed out the Predators, clinching their second straight Stanley Cup title.

“Yeah, it’s been a good ride,” said the ever-understated Recchi, reached recently during a vacation break in Florida. “It’s been awesome.”

The crown jewel of Recchi’s summer slamfest, of course, is the Hall recognition. 

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What Is It With The Boston Bruins And Their Young Stars?

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins are starting to look like the University of Kentucky basketball program: Talented young players come and go in the blink of an eye, honing their skills and then moving on to bigger and better things.

For the Kentucky basketball players, “bigger and better things” means the National Basketball Association.

For the Bruins, it’s every other team in the National Hockey League.

The latest young, talented Bruin who may or may not be playing elsewhere next season — depending on whose tweets you’re reading — is right winger David Pastrnak. The 21-year-old had a sterling 2016-17 season, scoring 34 goals, but it’s the offseason that should worry B’s fans.

As always, it comes down to money. Pastrnak wants more of it. The Bruins, alas, are like the short-armed alligator in the Geico commercial....

As the Bruins determine whether Pastrnak’s playing skills make him worthy of a long-term deal for, say, $6 million per, they should also be determining what the kid’s name is worth.

We can agree Patrice Bergeron will be a Bruin for life. But he won’t be playing for life.

The Bruins should consider growing some veterans.


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The Boston Bruins Have No Plans To Trade David Pastrnak

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Two weeks after saying he hadn’t made as much progress in contract talks with David Pastrnak as he would like, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney knocked down trade rumors surrounding the talented right winger.

“Not trading Pastrnak,” was Sweeney’s terse comment in an email to a Globe reporter Monday night.

So enjoy the rest of the summer, Black and Gold fans, it appears the best young shooter in the Boston lineup since Tyler Seguin isn’t going anywhere. For the moment, that’s also the status of his contract talks.


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Afternoon Line- Brian Lawton On David Pastrnak’s Contract Situation

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David Backes Working To Improve His Game

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The 6-foot-3-inch, 221-pound Backes is 33 years old, not always a kind age to power forwards. Legs that once propelled Backes through puck carriers did not fire with their previous velocity. By the time he closed on opponents, the puck was long gone.

The feedback started midseason from the bosses: president Cam Neely, GM Don Sweeney, and then-coach Claude Julien. It was not the kind that makes players comfortable.

“Just honest evaluation of, ‘Hey, this is where my game’s lagging perhaps, the way the game’s trending, and how we need to keep up,’ ” Backes said. “We need to be honest in order to improve ourselves. That was a recognition, probably in January in conversations with Cam, Don Sweeney, and a little bit with Claude. This was the way I needed to improve myself. I’ve really taken that to heart and put the time in this summer.”

Backes has been training to emphasize agility, quickness, and explosiveness over bulk and power. He wants to accelerate to cruising speed quicker to help him keep pace with linemates and be more a bother to other teams.

Backes has something to prove: that he is not an overpayment. A $6 million annual price tag is a premium to pay for 38 points. The Bruins, however, aren’t the only club feeling buyer’s remorse on 2016 purchases.

Consider the deals signed by Kyle Okposo (seven years, $42 million), Milan Lucic (seven years, $42 million), Andrew Ladd (seven years, $38.5 million), Loui Eriksson (six years, $36 million), and Frans Nielsen (six years, $31.25 million). So far, they look inflationary.

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The Boston Bruins Make The Ryan Spooner Signing Official

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 26, that the team has signed forward Ryan Spooner to a one-year contract worth $2,825,000.

"We are pleased with the process and are happy to have Ryan's contract resolved. His agent, Murray Kuntz, and Ryan were both very professional, and our group was well prepared as they had worked very diligently prior to arriving at a settlement point," said Sweeney. "We know Ryan has the offensive skills to be an impactful player, especially while on the power play. We expect Ryan to continue to take the necessary steps with his development to be an even more complete, two-way player."

Spooner, 25, skated in 78 games with the Bruins in 2016-17, recording 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points. His 18 power play points were good for fourth on the team. Spooner also skated in four playoff games for Boston against the Senators, logging two assists. He established career highs in all offensive categories during the 2015-16 season, tallying 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points in 80 games. In his five-year NHL career, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward has played in 214 games, compiling 32 goals and 85 assists for 117 points.

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Establishing A Long Time Relationship Between The NHL And China

from Murray Greig of the China Daily,

Tickets for the inaugural NHL China Games went on sale via en.Damai.cn on the weekend, with seats for the preseason clashes between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings scaled from 220 - 2080 yuan ($32.50 to $307) for Sept 21 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, and from 160 - 1880 yuan ($23.60 to $278) for Sept 23 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing....

In announcing the games during his visit to Beijing in March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league had struck a long-term deal to work closely with the sponsors and government bureaus to develop grassroots programs and support Chinese hockey development at all levels.

One of the first initiatives is to provide schools with training and instructional content to implement hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness.

"I knew when we came to China, based on all the reports I was getting, that there was a great deal of interest in hockey," Bettman said during his media conference.

"Still, the high level of that interest has surprised me, and it's particularly exciting because this is a great opportunity to grow the game.

"This is a long-term commitment to develop our sport here. We're barely in the embryonic stages, but the opportunity and the possibilities are limitless."


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