BOSTON — Bruce Cassidy is out. That is a single of the couple of recognised products relating to the Boston Bruins.
Group captain Patrice Bergeron is undecided. All-star winger Brad Marchand is on the mend from surgical treatment, as is just-about-thoroughly-bloomed star defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
With so a great deal uncertainty, some aim has by now naturally shifted to David Pastrnak. The suitable winger is a single of the most gifted goal scorers on the earth, but he is also getting into the ultimate 12 months of a five-12 months offer that turned out to be an absolute bargain for Boston. The query now is whether or not Pastrnak will look for to make as significantly income as he can in absolutely free agency upcoming summer time, or irrespective of whether he will re-up with the group that drafted him and authorized him to develop into a star.
In accordance to one particular report on Tuesday, the latter situation appears to be like a prolonged shot.
The Athletic’s Fluto Shinzawa talked to a supply close to Pastrnak, who claimed that Pastrnak will not re-sign with Boston if Don Sweeney remains the normal manager.
“No probability [Pastrnak] arrives back again with Sweens as GM,” the supply told Shinzawa.
A main rationale for that, in accordance to the supply, has to do with the way that Torey Krug and David Krejci had been allowed to stroll appropriate out the doorway when they grew to become totally free agents in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
“88 experienced seen how Don has handled his two best good friends,” that resource instructed The Athletic.
How accurate that source ends up becoming is not going to be recognized for someday. Sweeney acknowledged on Tuesday early morning that the staff technically won’t be able to talk about a contract extension with Pastrnak until eventually the league calendar flips to following period. He is definitely due for a elevate from the $6.67 million average that he is built given that 2017. Pastrnak has scored 215 plans considering the fact that the get started of the 2016-17 season, the fifth-most aims in the whole NHL throughout that span. His cap strike ranked as the 83st-maximum in the NHL this past season. The status of Bergeron will absolutely lead to Pastrnak’s choice as well.
Shinzawa additional that if Pastrnak can make it clear that he does not intend to sign an extension this summer months, then it will place the Bruins in a place to trade him absent prior to the start out of next year.
“All of this may well discourage Pastrnak from putting pen to paper, at minimum until he gets a superior read on the Bruins’ extensive-expression health and fitness,” Shinzawa wrote. “If the Bruins feeling any hesitation on Pastrnak’s portion to re-sign, their only choice will be to trade their 2014 to start with-rounder. They are not able to pay for to permit Pastrnak skate for very little.”
Obviously, the firing of Cassidy on Monday evening was just the beginning of what could be a monumental offseason for the Boston Bruins.