Pasta is back
After several weeks of back and forth and sometimes negative negotiations between the Boston Bruins and David Pastrnak, the two parties were finally able to come to an agreement on a new deal.
First things first let’s talk about the deal. The young Czech signed a 6-year, $40 million extension that will pay him an AAV of around $6.6 million a year. In theory both sides walked away from the negotiating table happy.
I believe the Bruins really walked away the winners by being able to sign Pastrnak to what I think is a discount deal. Not to say that he is worth a ton more money, but had he has been an unrestricted free agent, other teams would have outbid Boston for his services and paid well upwards of $7.5-8 million a year.
The expectations of the Boston Bruins going forward after signing Pastrnak become much higher now that all of their major pieces are locked up for the long haul. The team should be a guaranteed playoff spot and more importantly, would be a disappointment if they don’t make it past the second round of the postseason.
The team has been playing several seasons together now and have more than enough chemistry to build a successful championship caliber squad for the 2017/18 campaign. The Bruins should be a top three seed and should win 48-50 games with the roster they have set in place.
In fact, Boston’s only weakness going into the season would have to be their extremely young and inexperienced mixed with aged veteran defensemen.
After everything is said and done, the Boston Bruins are always expected to be a contending team. Anything short of winning championships is unacceptable to the Bruins’ nation.
Can Pastrnak come through?
Then, there’s the expectations of David Pastrnak going forward. After having a stand-out season last year posting 34 goals, 36 assists, for 70 points and also leading the team in power play goals with 10, he will be expected to produce.
Getting a big payday on his new contract, Pastrnak will have to ultimately maintain 30-40 goals a season and put up 90 plus points a year. After long negotiations of Pastrnak wanting the Boston Bruins to pay him top dollar, now that he’s got the money, he must display his worth.
He still has a lot to prove to show he is on same level of guys like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Patrick Kane, however he has all the skills and knowledge of the game to be a top scoring forward in the NHL.
These numbers shouldn’t be too hard for him to put up playing on a line with countryman David Krejci with his talented abilities that will compliment Pastrnak’s abilities on the ice.
The Boston Bruins have all the talent and tools in their forwards to be a top scoring team in the league. Expectations going forward will be for Krejci, Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak to lead the way and put the puck in the net to help their team win games.
All in all, Pastrnak got a big payday with his new $40 million deal that was certainly earned on his part.
Now, it’s just up to him to get out on the ice and prove that he’s worthy of being a top paid forward in a highly competitive league.
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