Latest on the Bruins and Lightning – August 1, 2017

Latest on the Bruins and Lightning – August 1, 2017

Boston Bruins still talking contract with David Pastrnak.

Update on David Pastrnak’s contract talks and the latest Lightning speculation in your NHL rumor mill. 

BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports Bruins general manager Don Sweeney admits his contract negotiations with right winger David Pastrnak haven’t progressed as far as he would prefer. Still, he notes plenty of time and opportunity exists to work out a new deal. Pastrnak, 21, is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights.

Dupont points out the young winger is free to sign an offer sheet from a rival club. Such offers, however, rarely occur, in part because rival GMs fear retribution when they must re-sign their own RFAs. The Bruins can also match any offer for Pastrnak. It appears the winger’s camp seeks a long-term contract (five years or more) worth $6 million annually. 

If Pastrnak is unable to reach agreement with the Bruins on a new contract, his options are limited. He can either sit out the season or sign a contract with a KHL team. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Pastrnak will be holding out or heading to the KHL. As Sweeney observes, plenty of time exists to get him under contract. Wouldn’t surprise me if this stretches into September and the start of training camp.

Pastrnak joins Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg and Vancouver’s Bo Horvat among this summer’s notable RFAs who could be considered tempting targets for offer sheets. But as Dupont points out, that gambit is rare nowadays. I doubt any of them will receive an offer from another club. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: In a recent mailbag segment, Lightning beat writer Joe Smith speculated on the possibility of the club moving a defenseman before the start of the regular season to clear up their logjam on the blueline. Bolts GM Steve Yzerman suggested he can carry eight defensemen but Smith doesn’t think that’s an ideal situation. He suggests Andrej Sustr could become a trade candidate.  Slater Koekkoek, who is waiver-eligible this season, could be another option. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the recent focus on the status of the Montreal Canadiens’ blueline, perhaps they’ll be a trade partner for the Lightning. 

Smith was asked if there’s a possibility the Lightning might sign unrestricted free agent right wing Jaromir Jagr. He said he’s been told they’re not interested in pursuing the 45-year-old Jagr. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2017

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 unveiled, Golden Knights trade Methot to Stars, the latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Former NHL stars Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk headline the 2017 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joining them are retired women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette, University of Alberta coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. The induction ceremony takes place in Toronto on November 13, 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars last night acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020. Methot was selected by the Golden Knights from the Ottawa Senators during last Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft. The Stars also placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers for buyout purposes and re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good move by the Stars to bolster their blue line depth. Methot is an experienced stay-at-home defenseman with leadership skills. He should prove an invaluable addition to the Stars youthful blueline corps. No surprise Niemi was bought out. The writing was on the wall for him when the Stars acquired and signed Ben Bishop last month. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers re-signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million annually. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million deal. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Derek Ryan to a one-year, $1.425 million contract. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Tom Pyatt to a two-year, $2.2 million deal. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks re-signed backup goaltender Anton Forsberg to a two-year deal worth $750K per season and forward Tomas Jurco to a one-year, $800K contract. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year deal worth $650K annually. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million deal. 

NHL.COM: The deadline for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to their players was 5 pm ET on Monday. Among the notables who didn’t receive offers were St. Louis Blues winger and 2012 first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov, Calgary Flames winger Alex Chiasson, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nikita Nesterov and New Jersey Devils winger Beau Bennett,