Almost two months since general manager Don Sweeney said the Boston Bruins and David Pastrnak were moving in the right direction toward a long-term deal, the two sides aren't any closer to agreeing on a new contract.
"We're in a holding pattern," Sweeney said according to Ty Anderson of WEEI.
"I have not made as much progress as I'd like since the last (update)," Sweeney further disclosed. "But we have plenty of time and the opportunities to continue to talk, and we'll find a way to keep talking."
Anderson added the following in terms of the possible gap that exists in negotiations:
It's believed that the Bruins would prefer to get Pastrnak, who is currently with the Bruins on a trip to China as part of a partnership with O.R.G. Packaging, under contract for somewhere close to $6 million per season on a long-term deal, while Pastrnak's camp could be looking for something closer to $7 million per season.
Pastrnak remains one of the most prominent restricted free agents yet to be signed, along with Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl.
Drafted 25th overall in 2014, Pastrnak set career highs in goals (34), assists (36), and points (70) in 75 games for the Bruins last season.
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