Sweeney And Bruins Need A Productive And Creative Off Season

With the 2017 NHL free agency season moving right along the Boston Bruins have one main priority to take care of. That priority is to sign rising star David Pastrnak to a long term deal. Currently Pastrnak is under team control for three years.                                                                                                                                                     Pastrnak the Bruins number one draft pick in2014 had a breakout season netting 34 goals and 36 assist and is rapidly becoming one of the dominant players in the NHL.                                                                                                                                                                 Negotiations are moving a long slowly but hopefully in the right direction.Pastrnak is currently earning  $ 2,275,000 dollars   with a yearly salary of $ 925,000. One option the Bruins could take would be a bridge contract. With a bridge contract this would give the Bruins some flexibility especially with it’s young group of players coming up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Keep in mind however this is a common problem in the NHL. Two players  in similar situations are Capitals forward TJ Oshie and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Oshie recently signed a long term deal with the Capitals earlier this summer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Oshie’s deal is a $ 46,000,000  with a  $20,000,000 signing bonus.   In two years Oshie has been one of the most productive players in the league.Last season he scored 33 goals and 33 assist and the year before 26 goals and 25 assists.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kucherov on the other hand has put together two solid back to back seasons. In 2017 he scored 40goals and 45 assists for a total of 85 points. The year before 2014/15 he netted 30 goals and 36 assists.  If you look at Pastrnaks numbers he’s right in the middle of both players.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   When it’s all said and done look for the Bruins to offer Pastrnak a long term deal worth  $14,000,000 or $15,000,000 per season with a handsome signing bonus.                                                                                                                                                                                          Overall this summer the Bruins have been realitively quiet One small move was signing Winnipeg’s Paul Postma. Postma a seven year veteran had 1 goal and 13 assists in 65 games last year for the Jets. Also the Bruins inked winger Noel Accari to a two year contract.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Bruins had a solid campaign in 2017. The team ranked  eighth in the NHL in defense. If they want to go deeper inthe playoffs goalie Tukka Rask needs to be protected. The B’s have two young defeseman on the rise Brandon Carlo and 2016 number one pick Charlie McAvoy. If the Bruins are to go forward signing Pastrnak would be a positive step and send the right message to the team.

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