J.P. Barry, agent for Boston Bruins’ forward David Pastrnak, offered the following thoughts to Murphy’s Hockey Law about Pastrnak’s new contract (six years, $40 million) with the Boston Bruins:
“We both tried very hard on longer terms but we couldn’t find valuations to close the gap. Many contracts were analyzed on terms from six to eight years.
We then focused on five and six years and these gaps were closer so we worked hard on the structure. The (Johnny) Gaudreau deal was also very relevant for six years as it is the highest one at that term. (Vladimir) Tarasenko and (Leon) Draisaitl are more indicative of a eight-year market.
Also need to consider the seven and eight year deals of (Nathan) MacKinnon, (Sean) Monahan, and (Mark) Scheifele all lower than this six-year structure.
Both sides traded off a bit their positions. David loves being a Bruin and they love him also. He will be free again at 26/27 and will hopefully sign another long-term deal to be a Bruin.”