The representative for Bruins right winger David Pastrnak, who has yet to sign a contract renewal, said Tuesday night via email the two sides recently discussed a new deal for the eight-year maximum term allowed by the National Hockey League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“We are now discussing an eight-year max term to see if we can find some common ground,” wrote J.P. Barry, the long-time agent from Toronto, responding to a Globe request to comment on the talks.
With the Bruins’ varsity camp set to open in Brighton a week from Thursday, the 21-year-old Pastrnak remains penciled in to resume his duties at right wing on the club’s No. 1 line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
Per sources familiar with the talks, which began soon after the Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs in late April, the Bruins offered Pastrnak his choice of a six- or seven-year deal, paying $6 million a year.
If Bruins GM Don Sweeney were willing to push out to the eight-year max, the past practice around the league would project the annual payout to be above $6 million, perhaps middle ground between $6 million and the recent $8.5 million a year the Oilers recently gave Leon Draisaitl, who is also a 21-year-old forward/center.
“They know our position on the current marketplace for elite young forwards,” wrote Barry, “and we will continue our negotiations again [Wednesday].”
Pastrnak, his original three-year contract now expired, collected a career high line of 34-36—70 in 75 games last season.
Sweeney responded to an email seeking comment Wednesday morning.
“I don’t have anything further to comment on at this time,” Sweeney replied.