Latest on the Bruins – January 3, 2017
Should the Boston Bruins pursue Colorado Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog? Will re-signing winger David Pastrnak prove costly? Read on for the latest.
CSNNE.COM; Noting the recent trade speculation regarding the floundering Colorado Avalanche, Joe Haggerty considers Avs captain and left wing Gabriel Landeskog as “an intriguing power forward winger-type possibility for the Bruins.”
However, Haggerty speculates Avs general manager Joe Sakic would want Bruins defenseman (and Colorado Springs native) Brandon Carlo as part of a package in exchange for Landeskog. He doesn’t believe that’s a good idea, noting the rookie Carlo is already skating top-pairing minutes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins need offensive depth and Landeskog could be a good fit. However, Haggerty’s assessment that Carlo would be part of the asking price is spot on. I don’t see the Bruins parting with him.
Landeskog’s $5.5 million annual cap hit could also be an issue. The Bruins need secondary scoring depth, so if they go the trade route, I suspect they’ll seek a more affordable option.
CBS BOSTON: Matt Dolloff recently wondered if the Boston Bruins could re-sign winger David Pastrnak to a bridge contract similar to that of Chicago Blackhawks star Artemi Panarin. The Blackhawks winger recently re-signed a two-year, $12 million contract extension.
Pastrnak currently has 19 goals and is on pace to score over 40. With the Bruins carrying $11.5 million in estimated cap space for next season and with Ryan Spooner, Austin Czarnik, Joe Morrow, and Noel Acciari also to re-sign, Dolloff speculates an expensive new deal for Pastrnak could affect efforts to re-sign the others.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins will likely wait until the off-season to negotiate a new contract with Pastrnak. Obviously, he wouldn’t get a deal in dollars similar to Panarin, but he could get a steep raise to over $5 million per. They’ll probably want to assess his play over the remainder of the season.
The Bruins could consider a long-term term contract for Pastrnak. It would lock him in for a more affordable deal that what it could cost to re-sign him in two years time should he continue to blossom as a scoring star. They could also want a more affordable short-term option to ensure sufficient cap room for other signings this summer. It’ll be interesting to see which direction the Bruins go with the 20-year-old’s contract talks.