Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has a strong belief in the young players within the organization. So much so, he has been rather quiet this offseason because he does not want to bring in veterans to block the progress of youngsters like Anders Bjork, Peter Cehlarik, Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Jesse Gabrielle and Frank Vatrano.
Sweeney still has two young players to deal with before the end of the offseason in David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner. Over the weekend, the Bruins GM said there has been no progress in contract talks with Pastrnak.
In Spooner’s case, he has filed for arbitration and his hearing is set for July 26, but a new contract can be signed at any time before then. Joe Haggerty of CSNNE recently reported that Spooner is looking for a pay increase from the $1.9 million he made last season. He says that “it’s not out of the realm that Spooner could be asking for something in the neighborhood of $2-3 million on a one-year deal given his power-play production and overall numbers.”
Trading Spooner before his arbitration hearing is another scenario that should be ruled out. At just 25 and with untapped offensive potential to go with his speed, Spooner should have good value on the trade market if Sweeney decides to go that route.