The Boston Bruins know they will go as far as their star forward and MVP candidate David Pastrnak takes them. This is why the franchise decided to lock the 26-year-old player to a new deal that will keep him around through the 2030-31 season.
Pastrnak was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022-23 season before inking the eight-year extension. The deal is worth $90 million and will see the three-time All-Star receive $11.25 million annually. This makes him one of the top 10 highest-paid players in the league.
“Obviously a really exciting day for me and my family,” Pastrnak told reporters during a press conference on Thursday. “I’m very thankful to be part of this organization.”
“It was something that was certainly a priority for us,” Bruins president Cam Neely said of the deal. “Probably took a little longer than we had hoped for, but we finally got across the finish line, and we’re thrilled to have him for another eight years.”
David Pastrnak is playing at an MVP level in 2022-23, contributing 80 points (42 goals and 38 assists) in 60 games while leading the Bruins to the best record in the league at 47-8-5. Overall Pastrnak has 282 goals and 302 assists in 570 NHL games since entering the league as Boston’s 25th overall pick in 2014.