The Boston Bruins have been unable to reach a contract extension this summer with restricted free agent David Pastrnak as the team reportedly attempts to avoid paying him more per year than Brad Marchand. The Bruins are believed to have made an offer with an average annual value of $6 million on a six or seven-year term, which Pastrnak declined. Latest reports indicate the two sides are working on the max eight-year term, but it's unclear if the Bruins have upped Pastrnak's salary. Marchand, whose eight-year, $49 million extension will kick in this season, led the Bruins in goals and points last season, while Pastrnak ranked second on the team with 34 goals and 70 points in his third NHL campaign. Marchand signed his contract, holding an annual cap hit of $6.125 million, just last September but told the Boston Herald on Monday he understands the landscape has changed for RFA contracts and he will not be holding a grudge if Pastrnak's salary is higher than his own. “We all want to see each other be successful,” said Marchand. “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 OK with big contract for Pastrnak
TSN | Sep 12