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Pastrnak Optimistic as Contract Negotiations Proceed

BOSTONDavid Pastrnack returned to Warrior Ice Enviornment and took half in his first Captains’ Observe of the autumn on Friday morning as he gears up for his ninth season with the Black & Gold. The 26-year-old acknowledged that negotiations with the Bruins concerning a contract extension have been ongoing, however that his focus will stay on getting ready for the 2022-23 marketing campaign.

“I do know there’s been contact between [Bruins general manager Don Sweeney] and my brokers, however for me – I all the time stated I have not had a standard summer season in a few years – so my greatest factor was to get ready for the season, physically-wise, mentally-wise,” stated Pastrnak.

“The motivation this yr was to the roof in comparison with the final couple of years. I had a hip surgical procedure, even final yr was powerful. So, lastly this summer season I have been in a position to work actually exhausting and focus slightly bit on my sport. And that was my major focus. And clearly we now have brokers to fret about these things and gamers type of keep targeted.”

Pastrnak, who is ready to enter the ultimate season of a six-year contract (value an annual NHL cap hit of $6.67 million) that he signed in September 2017, stated he’s optimistic {that a} new deal might be agreed upon in some unspecified time in the future.

“Yeah, after all,” Pastrnak stated when requested if he was hopeful to return to an settlement with the Bruins. “This metropolis is the place I acquired the possibility to change into the participant I’m and to change into the human being I’m. The Boston group has performed an unbelievable half in it. I got here right here as a child, and now I am a person, you understand? So, I am extraordinarily completely satisfied. Lots of nice reminiscences. And as I stated many occasions, I find it irresistible right here and it is an honor to put on the jersey.”

When additional if it was a precedence for him to remain in Boston, Pastrnak added, “Yeah, clearly, we find it irresistible right here. You already know, that is our dwelling. That is the place I change into a person. Spent unbelievable years right here with [girlfriend] Rebecca and we’re actually completely satisfied right here.”

With a full season nonetheless left on his contract, the two-time All-Star is remaining affected person and maintaining his consideration solely on the group, particularly with key gamers like Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy anticipated to overlook not less than the primary a number of weeks of the common season.

“Now we have nonetheless a complete season to determine issues out with Sweens. And I might say there’s been a few modifications, you understand, we acquired a brand new coach and clearly, a number of guys are excited to get again to work,” he stated Pastrnak, who completed final season with 40 objectives and 77 factors in 72 video games. “This stuff take time generally, you understand, and I all the time stated I am focusing to be prepared and to assist the group win, particularly initially of the season, figuring out it may be extraordinarily powerful on us.

“My focus is shifting ahead to be prepared for Sport 1. Clearly, we’ll be lacking some key gamers and I do know I’ve to be on my sport from the get-go. In order that’s my greatest focus. Simply acquired right here [Thursday night]so settling again in from the summer season and I simply cannot wait to get going and play some hockey.”

Video: Pastrnak meets with the media on Friday at WIA

Extra information and notes from Pastrnak’s assembly with the media at Warrior:

On his cryptic selfie video over the summer season on the World Championships asking David Krejci if he would return to Boston…

I did not even inform him that I’ll movie it. We had been simply strolling, so he had no clue that I am doing it. So, it isn’t like I ready him that I’ll do it. I did movie the video with out him figuring out after which I requested him, clearly, if I can publish it and he was advantageous with that. However clearly he did not say a lot as a result of I simply assume that is Krejci. You guys know.

“However yeah, I positively did not count on the response after the video was posted. So, it was type of humorous as a result of I do not assume he was wherever close to a call on what he was going to do.”

On how he satisfied Krejci to return again to the Bruins…

“A few apples [assists] on the Worlds, you understand, passing a pair empty netters, let him win within the playing cards [games]after which seize a few beers in Czech, and he is again.”

On the problem of lacking gamers like McAvoy and Marchand to start out the season…

“I feel we’re going to be prepared from Sport 1. There might be some ice time for different gamers to develop up and clearly they’re all the time the 2 key gamers for our group. And it is as much as us, you understand… we now have an important core management So, I am fairly positive we might be prepared from Sport 1.

“It should be difficult, however the entire season goes to be so the sooner you get to those challenges the higher you get as a group and good collectively. We’re simply going to stay collectively and do what it takes to get as many factors as we will.”

On if he is met but with new coach Jim Montgomery…

“I got here right here final night time, late final night time. So, I simply got here in, acquired my work accomplished within the gymnasium and on the ice….I feel he is right here, so we’re positive going to seize a chat. Excited to fulfill him and work with him.”

On attending Tuukka Rask’s marriage ceremony over the summer season…

“Yeah, it was wonderful really. I’ve by no means been to Lake Como so because of him I get to go to there. Clearly a extremely lovely marriage ceremony and with lovely folks and shut mates. So, it was a number of enjoyable.”

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