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Morning Skate: David Pastrnak, Bruins have yet to find ‘common ground’ on contract negotiations

The Bruins begin training camp this week, but Pastrnak’s status is still up in the air.

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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.


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