By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — It’s now mid-August, and restricted free agent David Pastrnak remains unsigned.
While both sides have reportedly had healthy dialog for several months now regarding the parameters of a contract for the 21-year-old budding star. But the two sides may have hit a roadblock.
According to Brian Lawton — an NHL analyst who played for nearly a decade in the NHL, worked as an agent, and served as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning — there’s now reason to believe that the Bruins might have to trade Pastrnak away.
Of course, the process of negotiations has its ebbs and flows, and any information that comes out from either side can generally be attributed to posturing.
However, there might be reason for some concern from Bruins fans, after general manager Don Sweeney admitted at the end of July that the Bruins and Pastrnak’s camp were in a bit of a standstill.
“We are in a holding pattern,” Sweeney said on July 31. “I have not made as much progress as what I would have liked, but we have plenty of time and the opportunity to continue to talk and we will find a landing spot.”
Previously, Sweeney had spoken more optimistically about the negotiations.
Pastrnak finished second on the team in points (70) and second on the team in goals (34) last season before scoring two goals and adding two assists in six postseason games.
Training camp for the Bruins opens on Sept. 14, with the regular season beginning on Oct. 5.