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Lace ’em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
In case you weren't aware, NHL training camps start this week. In fact, by this point, some of your favorite teams have started playing scrimmages against each other! It's good to be back, folks.
With the return of hockey imminent, however, the Boston Bruins still seem to be dragging their feet on one big issue. Just weeks out from the start of the new season, 21-year-old forward David Pastrnak remains without a contract. On Monday, at the 2017 Prospects Challenge, general manager Don Sweeney said the team is still trying to find "common ground" with Pastrnak.
The closer we get to October, the more it looks as if Pastrnak might sit out for the Bruins until a contract is agreed upon. Just days ago, Sweeney said there was "no timetable" on talks with the young star. Previously, it was reported that the Bruins were looking at a six-plus year deal for Pastrnak, while the forward was hoping for a max contract of eight years.
Bruins fans are likely frustrated at the lack of urgency to sign Pastrnak. The restricted free agent is a target for an offer sheet, should an NHL GM finally decide to use one, and the longer it takes to sign Pastrnak, the more it hurts the team out of the gate. Boston has until Dec. 1 to sign him until he's ineligible for the remainder of the season, but the Bruins have yet to show us the meaning of haste on this issue.
Of course, Pastrnak could be re-signed by the very time you're reading this. It's hard to tell exactly when these things are going to drop, but at least the negotiations between Pastrnak and the Bruins has been positive on the whole. Rejoice in that fact, Bruins fans.
DOUGHTY HAS SOME DOUBTS ABOUT THE KINGS
The Los Angeles Kings are coming off a disappointing 2016-17 season. Now, they'll have to impress star defenseman Drew Doughty over the next two years if they want to keep him. Doughty will be a free agent come summer 2019 and has now said he's willing to leave the organization if they aren't headed in the right direction.
NHL PLAYERS PREFER QUEBEC CITY FOR NEXT EXPANSION
The NHL may have its sights set on Seattle for their next expansion, but the players have another idea. In a players poll put out by USA Today, the overwhelming favorite for an expansion franchise is Quebec City.
Sadly, that won't bring the Nordiques back. But we can only dream.
DEVILS RE-SIGN SEVERSON FOR SIX YEARS
- Alex Galchenyuk will switch to the wing for the Canadiens this season as Montreal goes with Jonathan Drouin at center.
- Kris Letang has been cleared to skate for the Penguins.
- All of our Raw Charge writers have been accounted for after Hurricane Irma, and Amalie Arena has also suffered no damage after Tampa Bay took the brunt of the storm.
- NHL players were asked to draw their team logos. It went as well as you'd expect it to.