Morning Free Association: #SignPasta Now, Even

David Pastrnak still hasn’t signed a contract. I feel like every off-season there’s some kind of campaign that we as fans have to take on. In 2015, it was #SignDougie, one that was quickly dropped when Dougie Hamilton was dealt to the Flames for draft picks. Last summer it was #Extend Brad, or some version of that, which happened on the heels of his play for Team Canada. This year, obviously it’s #SignPasta, with a side of #SignJagr.

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, behind a super-clickbaity headline, suggests that David Pastrnak and his agent are waiting for the Leon Draisaitl deal to be completed in Edmonton. It could make sense since Draisaitl is a fellow 2014 first round pick and restricted free agent who is coming off a great season.

It could very well be that the talented, well-regarded Draisaitl tops $7 million in AAV with the Oilers when it’s all said and done, and that forces Sweeney and the B’s into inflating the final salary numbers for Pastrnak before it’s a done deal. Clearly the Bruins are going to do whatever it takes to lock down a player in Pastrnak that they see as a big building block for the franchise’s future, and that means paying more than they’d like to if it comes to that.

Do what you want with this, it’s Haggs.

Ty Anderson of WEEI suggests that young David is looking for a deal similar to Sean Monahan and Filip Forsberg:

The belief is that Pastrnak would like a deal similar to those inked by Calgary’s Sean Monahan (seven-year, $44.6 million contract with a $6.375 million cap hit) and the Predators’ Filip Forsberg (six-year, $36 million contract with $6 million cap hit).

The eventual Pastrnak extension will also dictate what other moves the Bruins can make this summer (Sweeney says that the club remains in on some veteran free agents), as No. 88’s expected to eat up around half of their $12.9 million in cap space.

I’ve heard from various sources that the term is key for Pasta; he wants to sign for less term, likely so that he can hit free agency sooner. So, it looks like the Forsberg deal is closer to what is reasonable.

What do you think? Six or eight years? How much per? You get to play GM.

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