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B’s sign Pastrnak, clearing his way to training camp

Jul 15, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

David Pastrnak AP

The Boston Bruins have signed David Pastrnak to an entry-level contract, allowing the 18-year-old Czech forward to at least take his best shot at making the team out of training camp.

We wrote yesterday about Pastrnak and his chances of playing in the NHL next season. Per CSN New England, apparently he had one year left on his European contract, so Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli had to take care of that little issue.

The B’s also announced the signing of defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. That deal had already been reported.

  1. nunan - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Good. Excited to see more of him. In years past, this wouldn’t have been an option but given their need on the right wing, might as well give him a shot. Seems to have earned that at the dev camp. I’d like to see one of the young prospects make the team…was thinking either Spooner or Khoklachev (sp?) but they’re centers who would have to be put on the wing given the Bs depth at center. Either way, happy to see some of the younger, potentially dynamic guys get a look-see.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Yah, Detroit did one thing right and that was have a line of young’ns who could bring the heat. I think the Bruins could add a little pep, a different look, and be saving money all at the same time with more of a youth look on a third line.

  2. Moop - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    This kid excites me; I’m not sure he’ll make the team out of training camp but I’m still very interested to see what he can do in the pre-season. People only have good things to say about him and if he’s the cap-friendly solution at forward we need this season, I’m all for it.

  3. nunan - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Curious to see how the 4th line changes. I’m assuming the center will still be Campbell so that sort of sets the tone for that line. Was thinking they maybe go young so that there is space for guys like Spooner who are pushing for a spot and probably need NHL experience now to continue to develop. But with Campbell, that means the line will most likely be a grinder…probably more speed and skill (vs grit) with Thornton leaving. Sounds like Khoklachev was playing some wing last year..I don’t think wing is in Spooner’s future though. Should be interesting.

    • shaundre93 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      The whole Campbell situation bothers me a bit. I love the guy, and he has literally put his body on the line year after year for the B’s, but he’s just not that good. He hustles and blocks shots, that’s about it. He’s barely 50% on draws, bad possession, little to no scoring ability. I would really love to see a Paille-Spooner-Fraser 4th. We know what paille brings, Spoons has been developing his two way game in the minors, I think the only sacrifice would be grit. Fraser can bring some grit to the 4th and plays a smart game but also has a lethal shot and good chemistry with Spooner. That line would be super fast and have some offensive pop. Matchup nightmare. Plus, by swapping Spooner for Campbell the B’s would save around 500k. Every penny counts right now

      • nunan - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        I was thinking along those lines, too…a lot of my own ‘GM-ing’ was based on Iginla coming back but now that changes things. I wanted to see this:

        Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
        Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
        xx – Soderberg – Eriksson
        Paille – Spooner – Kelly

        Would have kept most of the lines together, and added speed and skill to that fourth line. I like Kelly and Paille together. I think they complement each other well. kelly is an upgrade over Thornton and Spooner has dimensional speed. Any lack in his defensive game would potentially be made up for by Paille and Kelly. Obviously, he is projected to be better than a fourth line guy but for his first full year in the NHL, I think the spot fits. There is little pressure on him and he can get comfortable at his natural position.

        Not sure what to do with that 3rd line left wing. All this is worthless though bc Iginla is gone and it seems PC is ok with moving Eriksson to the 1st line. Eriksson is a legit 70 pt guy. Has been most of his career. I just liked him with Soderberg.

  4. charastein - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Bart isnt good. Trade him.

    • shaundre93 - Jul 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      What you meant to say was Bart is really really good and some lucky GM should pony up for him asap before he’s gone

  5. zjvieira - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I would like to see Koko getting a chance on the fourth line if they were to make a Providence Bruin line. Speed and scoring on the last line would be much better than the usual “merlot line”

  6. obamareallysucks - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Bruins suck like obama

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Wow, if the team that won the “Presidents” Trophy last season “sucks” I hate to imagine what you think of your favorite team.

      • sabatimus - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        He doesn’t have a favorite team. Given his handle, he’s clearly a troll.

      • thesportsjudge - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I know, but like most times, I just cannot bite my tongue.

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