NHL Rumor Mill – August 28, 2017
An update on David Pastrnak plus there could be interest in Russian forward Danis Zaripov among some NHL teams.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports the Boston Bruins have offered restricted free agent winger David Pastrnak his choice of a six- or seven-year contract worth $6 million annually. He lacks arbitration rights, leading Dupont to speculate the 21-year-old could attempt to “jiggle his average a little higher ($6.5 million?) over 5-7 years, or shoot for something slightly lower ($5.5 million) on a one- or two-year deal.”
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney insists he won’t place Pastrnak on the trade block. “We like him,” Sweeney said, emphatically. “We are not trading him.” He adds there’s plenty of time to get him under contract. If Pastrnak isn’t signed by Dec. 15, he’ll be ineligible to play the remainder of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sweeney previously dismissed recent trade speculation about Pastrnak. Given how quiet things are in this summer’s trade rumor mill, his name still occasionally pops up. I’ll be surprised if he isn’t under contract when the season opens in October. They’ll get something worked out, either a long-term contract or a short-term deal.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports 36-year-old Russian forward Danis Zaripov is expected to become an unrestricted free agent following his appeal of a two-year doping ban by the IIHF. Zaripov maintains his innocence. Part of the reason for launching his appeal is to become eligible to play in the NHL this season. His KHL club, AK Bars Kazan, voided his contract. If Zaripov is allowed to play in the NHL, Friedman expects the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers could be among the interested parties.