There’s a new rumour that’s going around about young David Pastrnak and where he might play hockey this season. It’s a bit distressing, disheartening, and disarming. Turns out, Pasta could play in the KHL.
Ty Anderson of WEEI wrote yesterday that the contract talks continue to go nowhere and that the 21 year-old winger could be heading for the KHL for the upcoming season.
Silver lining to Pastrnak threatening to play in Russia is that the United States will be part of Russia in time for this year’s playoffs
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) September 12, 2017
According to KHL insider Aivis Kalnins, there’s been ‘rumblings’ that the 21-year-old Pastrnak could be bound for the KHL, and that he has offers on the table. Citing the Olympics as a possible motive for a move to the KHL, Pastrnak’s European agent also told Kalnins that “not much would change if we decided to go that direction for a year.”
Yeah, not much would change for Pasta but plenty would change for the Bruins, about 30 goals and 70 points or so. It’s not the first nor last time a player has used a KHL offer to leverage a team: most recently RFA Andreas Athanasiou looked ready to bolt to the KHL because the cap-strapped Red Wings cannot afford a big payday for him or anyone else. However, Sweeney seems to be repeating the same phrase over and over again: “We’re just going to continue to talk and try and find common ground.” I know that negotiations take a long time but it seems that the two sides aren’t even close. Is it truly an internal cap? Is it a matter of not offending other players whose contract money he would eclipse? Probably not; Brad has no problem with it.
“We all want to see each other be successful,” said Marchand. “He had a great year last year, so we’ll be very happy for him with whatever he ends up getting. The contract that he signs, Pasta’s going to make a lot of money, he’s a phenomenal player, he’s 21 years old, he’s going to have a long career. We all like to see each other be successful and do well and that’s the way the game goes.
“The league’s trending upwards and the contracts are getting higher and higher. You look around and some of the deals that were thrown out this summer for young guys, it wasn’t like that three or four years ago and that’s the way it is now. So again, we’re all very happy for one another, and whatever he gets is going to help other guys get more too. So that’s just the way it is.”
There’s no sense in delaying this signing any more. The Bruins can afford it. Donny, you haven’t failed us this way yet, please don’t start.