Morning Free Association: FFS

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Still no contract for David Pastrnak. There are some news items, none of them beneficial to the Bruins.

Drew Stafford signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $800,000 with the New Jersey Devils on Friday. He had said he wanted to return to the B’s but understandably couldn’t wait longer on an offer. The veteran right winger joins former Bruins teammate Jimmy Hayes, who signed a a PTO with the Devils last week.

Disenfranchised Avalanche draft pick Will Butcher finally decided on a team yesterday. The first-year defenseman, 22, chose New Jersey as a landing spot after seriously considering joining the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, or the Vegas Golden Knights.

“He wants to play for team that really understands and believes in him as a player and what he can bring to an organization, so it’s weeding out the ones who just kind of want good players since every team needs good players,” agent Brian Bartlett said Thursday. “The second part is which team has the opportunity and resources to give him the best chance to be a long-time professional player. We haven’t been demanding he make the team right out of [training] camp or have a roster spot; it’s about the process over the next couple of years.”

But, there may have been another reason.

Well, this is partially true. As it turns out there are 3 Bartletts that work out of Sports Consulting Group, Inc.: Stephen, and presumably, his sons Scott and Brian. It turns out that Brian is Butcher’s agent. I’m sure that Devils GM may have been able to work with the Bartletts on deals that would be bring both players to Jersey.

It would have been nice for the Bruins to net Butcher, a left shot defenseman who would have come at an entry-level price. Alas, it was not to be. However, the Devils might be fun to watch this season.

Finally, the most puzzling news item: the $42 million offer to Pastrnak. The news first broke with Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe tweeting that the Bruins offered Pasta $42 million without stating any terms other than the money.

Did they offer him $6 million for 7 years or $7 million for 6 years? At first glance it looked like they might have just tacked on an additional season to the original offer of $36/ 6. As it turns out, that’s pretty much it.

The Bruins have offered Pastrnak $6 million a year long term, leaving it up to him to elect the length — six or seven years. Pastrnak has yet to bite on what would be a guarantee of $36 million or $42 million, his average wage only $125,000 per annum short of Brad Marchand’s deal (eight years, $49 million).

Honestly, it’s an insulting offer. It seems that Sweeney is trying to keep that absurd Drasaitl deal as an outlier and not the new market price for RFAs off their ELC, either of his own will or by the higher powers within the organization. Everyone at this point thinks that Pastrank is worth at least $7 million per, so pay him already.

All is not lost if he doesn’t have a deal by training camp, however frayed Bruins fans nerves may be by that point; the year becomes a lost one if a deal is not reached by 5pm on December 1.

“There is plenty of time between now and then,” said Sweeney. “We will continue to talk. We will find a landing spot. There are deadlines that exist, but I believe it’s a disservice to the player and the team to miss training camp, to be late for training camp, and to start the season. I don’t think anyone recovers the money. I don’t think anybody recovers the lost service time — team or player. It’s been proven. The team gets off to a slow start. It’s just completely disruptive. So my feeling has been all along, we are going to negotiate in complete good faith.”

Yep, it’s going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Rest up, stretch, and prepare for the long game, kids.

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Satan 81's Sister
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I need someone to go to Finland and get me a Jokerit jersey.
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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

look what i found!

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Satan 81's Sister
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I’m guessing you ordered one already. grin

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ha no, though i was tempted.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Morning all…had our 15th annual golf tourney this weekend and couldnt ask for nicer weather. I could have asked for better performance…lol. That was rough by the end.

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend!

Also, Big E Soon!

Satan81
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A friend of mine went to Svalbard and I’m super jealous.

phonymahoney
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I’ve wanted to go on a cruise there for years!

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Morning have been chilly. It’s like fall is almost here or something.

phonymahoney
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Good morning, pals!

  • I don’t think $6m is an insulting offer, and I think it’s understandable that they’d start there. That said, they should have started there once the season was over, and they should have come farther by now. I think he’s going to sign for 7.5m. I also think Jacobs is the one holding the process up – we can blame Sweeney all we want, but when it comes down to it, the money is not his – JJ has to approve everything, which is why this team has a history of playing hardball with guys like Ray Bourque, Cam Neely, et al.
  • They definitely need to be done by camp. He has to be ready to go, especially if he’s going to live up to his shiny new contract.
  • Not really worried about Crazy Eights, he’ll be back.
  • Too bad about Stafford, I really liked having him here, but I totally see why things shook out the way they did. I also think his agent was happy to not have to make another phone call and just sell NJ on him. Easy sell, TBH.
  • What would be hilarious is if we picked him up at the deadline again.
  • Clearly I’ve been laughing at all the crazy stuff the Bruins have done for too many years.
  • Back from vacation. It hurts!
  • IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I have to wonder if Harry Sinden still has a finger in this process. He always seemed to reinforce JJ’s reluctance to pay players, and he keeps popping up long after one thinks he should have disappeared.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Back from vacation. It hurts!

    Heading to vacation. Not sure if I have a job when I get back. Fuck it! I have to focus on vacation.

    phonymahoney
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    Does it matter if you have one, since you’re working for free?

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Not sure your job actually pays you, so not having a job when you get back would be a mixed event.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    (Am assuming that was Stripes )

    Satan81
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  • $6mil/yr for 6-7 years is what we figured the B’s would have offered Pasta before the Draisaitl contract happened, but we also knew that Pasta’s camp was probably waiting for the Draisaitl contract to happen first. I do like that the B’s gave Pasta the choice of an additional year. I can totally see the sides settling on $7-7.5mil/yr. It’ll get done.
  • I’m really surprised that Stafford only got an $800K show-me contract. He made $4.35mil last year and I figured he was worth about $2mil. Good get for the Devils, and Butcher’s a good get for them, too. I think what this says about the B’s – and given their other moves or lack thereof – is that Donny is going all-in on his prospects. I like seeing that our GM is that bullish on the team’s prospects, but it’s kinda nerve-wracking.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    is that Donny is going all-in on his prospects.

    I wonder if Cassidy’s time as the Baby Bruins coach is part of that. Maybe he thinks Cassidy will be a good coach for the kids in the NHL?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    While i dont disagree, i think Stafford proved he was effective on the Boston team last year and to let him go to another team for under 1 mil is a pretty big loss in my eyes.

    I understand you need to figure out the cap situation, but if you cant sign stafford to 1Mil and just offer that 1 Mil that Pasta wants as a signing bonus so it doesnt count towards the CAP…then BOOO.

    phonymahoney
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    Yeah. I am not upset about it but I don’t disagree either.

    phonymahoney
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    I think it’s a huge part of it.

    Satan81
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    Good point. I can believe it.

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