After this season, Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will see his entry level deal expire.
With 31 goals and 32 assists in 64 games so far this season, Pastrnak and his agent will have the upper hand in negotiations. Especially considering that Pastrnak has produced whether it be on the first line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron or currently playing with David Krejci.
Luckily for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney and Bruins fans, DJ Bean of CSNNE reports that Pastrnak's camp are being realistic in their demands and expectations.
According to Bean, Pastrnak won't be looking for a high end Vladimir Tarasenko type deal that clocks in at 8yrs and $7.5million annually. Instead, they're looking for a deal similar to the deals signed by Filip Forsberg, Sean Monahan and Mark Scheifele recently.
Forsberg: Six years, $36 million ($6 million cap hit; 8.22% of cap in year 1)
Monahan: Seven years, $44.625 million ($6.35 million cap hit; 8.73% of cap in year 1)
Scheifele: Eight years, $49 million ($6.12 million cap hit; 8.39% of cap in year 1)
Good news for Sweeney and the Bruins, however not everything is gravy.
Pastrnak's agent is J.P. Barry, the same agent who represented Dougie Hamilton and Loui Eriksson, and both of them left Boston after contract negotiations.
This time around though, everything points to Barry and Sweeney shaking hands and getting a deal done.
Would you be happy to see Pastrnak sign a contract similar to those mentioned?