Brad Marchand voices support for Bruins teammate David Pastrnak

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 13: David Backes
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 13: David Backes /

As contract negotiations linger on yet another Boston Bruins player voices his support for Pastrnak

A week ago we saw David Backes say that the Boston Bruins need to sign David Pastrnak. Now we have yet another player in Brad Marchand voicing his support for Pasta.

"“We all want to see each other be successful,” Marchand said, via TheBoston Herald “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."

Marchand will be making $6.125 million this season. He is better than Pasta but he realizes this is just the trend of the NHL.

"“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.”"

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 22: David Pastrnak
ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 22: David Pastrnak /

Negotiations so far

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As negotiations started the Bruins were looking to sign Pastrnak for around $6 million. Then the Edmonton Oilers decided to offer Leon Draisaitl an eight-year contract that would pay Draisaitl $8.5 million annually. With that, the 21-year-old forward believes he deserves a comparable offer.

The Bruins have had a long history dealing with young players. Tyler Seguin, Phil Kessel, and Dougie Hamilton come to mind. Even with the “issues” Seguin had in Boston I still would have loved to see him still in the black and gold. I can definitely deal with the Hamilton departure but losing Phil Kessel was a blow as well. The Boston Bruins just seem very reluctant to offer young talent long term deals.

Now I think that both sides are going to have to meet in the middle. The Bruins are gonna have to come close to that 8-year deal that was offered. As Marchy said this is just the trend of the NHL. I have no problem offering a long-term deal to Pastrnak the figure is the key.  David Krejci is currently making $7.25 million so I would say the Bruins should pay Pasta around $7.5 million especially after the season he put up last season.

Pastrnak is one of the Bruins best offensive weapons and deserves to get paid. He had a breakout year with 34 goals  and 36 assists last season. He is one of the top 3 scorers on this team. The Bruins can’t have these talks bleed into the season and be a distraction. Like David Backes said we just need to lock these guys in a room to get a deal done.

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Don Sweeney and Bruins upper management are going to have to pay Pastrnak or risk making another mistake by not paying a young star.