We’ve entered the “both sides are leaking information” phase of the David Pastrnak contract talks! In the words of Jack Edwards, are ya havin’ fun yet?!?!
From the Herald article:
The team hoped to have a new contract for the supremely talented 21-year-old by now, and thought it had made an offer that would get the job done: Six years at $6 million per season.
Harris compares this offer to the deal signed by Filip Forsberg, and makes the valid point that Forsberg had two good seasons to build on as opposed to one really strong one by Pastrnak.
However, it’s worth noting that in the two seasons Harris mentions, Forsberg had 59 goals in 164 regular season games; in his last two seasons, Pastrnak has 49 regular season goals in just 126 games (a pace of 0.39 GPG vs. 0.36 GPG for Forsberg).
Obviously the chances of the Bruins getting Pastrnak to take that deal were slim to begin with, as his agent will feel that, given the way the salary cap has risen, Pastrnak is worth more now than Forsberg was when he signed that deal a year ago.
Now, however, in the wake of the Leon Draisaitl deal, it would take a serious case of “hometown discount” for Pastrnak to even consider $6 million.
In all likelihood, that number was a starting point for the Bruins; however, if Sweeney and Co. are going to dig in their heels at stand pat at “Forsberg money,” those trade rumors might be a little more valid.
It’s virtually certain that Pastrnak and his agent were waiting for Draisaitl’s deal before returning to the bargaining table.
Now that they have their number, they’re likely to laugh at anything that starts with a 6.
No, you don’t want to overpay players and put yourself in a tough spot cap-wise; however, you also don’t want to let the best young offensive talent you’ve had in years walk away to save a million dollars.
Let’s hope the two sides return to the table in the coming days and are able to find a middle ground.