Morning Free Association: Donny & David & Charlie & Anders

So, this happened this weekend:

Yes, that is the real Charlie McAvoy trolling teammate David Pastrnak during a live Instagram video.

He has a point. Pasta had a breakout season despite missing games due to injury and a bogus suspension.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney had some things to say about Pastrnak and other players’ contracts at the NHL Combine on Friday in Buffalo.

“[Pastrnak’s agent] JP [Barry] and I have sat down, we’ve had some good discussions,” said Sweeney. “It’s moving in the right direction. Timeline, I don’t have. But we expect to complete a deal and for him to be a longtime member of the Boston Bruins. That’s our intention.”

By all accounts it sounds like Donny has this one and we hope to hear something soon.

Sweeney also had some thoughts on Anders Bjork signing.

“I’m excited to have him as part of our group and I hope that he turns out to be a hell of a player and I expect him to. His intentions are and were to play for the Boston Bruins,” said Sweeney, who acknowledged the organization never gave Bjork a “drop-dead date” as to when he had to sign.

“It did play out how I kind of thought it might, given the kinds of conversations we had with Anders’ representatives and Anders himself,” added Sweeney. “He wanted to check all the boxes for himself as to what was best for him and what his family and advisors felt would be best for his own professional development.

“School is very important to him and his family. I think I can fully respect that. We did fully respect that. That’s why it wasn’t forced as a drop-dead date of any kind. There was never a timeline placed on when Anders might sign with the Boston Bruins.

“If that had been this time next year, we’d have been equally as happy about it.”

He went on to say that he expects Bjork to compete for a roster spot even though he lacks experience in the NHL.

“We’ll try to spend some time with him in Development Camp with our coaches, with Butch [Cassidy] and Jay [Pandolfo] and Joe [Sacco] because he misses a window of opportunity that [Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson] went through and Charlie [McAvoy] went through.

“Good players determine their trajectory and we hope that he’s one of those players that will determine. The opportunity will be there.”

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