It's been clear for a while that training camp was probably going to when the Bruins and David Pastrnak really began negotiations on a contract extension in earnest.
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Pastrnak spent the summer in Europe and, by his own admission, didn't really make contract talks a priority during that time. The Bruins gave him his space while also touching base with his agent.
With Pastrnak now back in Boston for training camp and saying publicly a couple weeks ago that he wants to stay in Boston, it seemed like only a matter of time before we heard about some progress being made.
Sure enough, Darren Dreger reported on TSN's "Insider Trading" on Thursday that extension talks between Pastrnak and the Bruins "have heated up" and that Pastrnak is hopeful that something will get done soon.
"Both sides are assessing the market right now," Dreger said. "I can tell you that contract discussions have heated up since camp has opened. Relatively quiet over the course of the summer. Not unusual. There were some preliminary discussions at the draft. Pastrnak understands and he’s clearly hopeful that something will get done sooner than later, but the Bruins continue to do their due diligence."
So, that's a mostly positive update if you're a Bruins fan, although the parts about "assessing the market" and the Bruins doing "their due diligence" are a little odd.
Both sides have had plenty of time to assess the market and do due diligence, and general manager Don Sweeney has said on multiple occasions that the team wants Pastrnak to remain a Bruin for a long time and would be aggressive in trying to get something done.
Our guess all along has been that Pastrnak's extension will probably end up looking pretty similar to the eight-year, $76 million contract that Charlie McAvoy signed just before opening night last year. Perhaps the timing for finalizing the deal will be similar, too.