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GM Peter Chiarelli and David Pastrnak Pool Quotes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI

On signing Matt Bartkowski and avoiding arbitration…

It’s always good if you can come to an agreement before the hearing. So I mean, I think it sends a positive message to Matt that we want to have him back. It was going to be a contract anyways, because he elected arb, but I’m okay with that. It’s just good to get it done. It doesn’t mean you do it and your compromise or work around the edges, you just – it’s to get a good result, and you try and do it in the best interest of the player also.

On Bartkowski’s general progression in the organization and his future potential…

He’s still relatively young. I thought that when Dennis Seidenberg got hurt, he was able to come in and play some real solid minutes. He’s the type of player that can really push the puck well. A lot of people remember the couple of blips in the playoffs, but he gave us very good service during the course of the year with Seidenberg out, and it’s a tough position in the League, defense, and there are nuances that the’s still learning and I expect him to continue to improve.

On David Pastrnak being signed to an entry-level deal and if he’s coming to training camp…

He’ll end up coming to camp now, and he’ll get the experience of a training camp, and he’ll get some games. He had a terrific development camp, and I know everyone’s talking about him. He’s a good young player, he’s just 18 years old and he’s a player – it’s well-documented that we’re looking for skill and speed and he fits that bill, but let’s not put the cart before the horse with David. I think we’re fortunate to get him where we got him and he had a terrific camp, and we’ll see where it goes from there.

On how beneficial the evaluation timeline is for Pastrnak, with training camp, preseason and the nine-game regular season window…

Well, it’s again, it’s another step along the way, and it’s important that we don’t skip those steps. And at each step, the level of play, the tempo of play, the strength of the players – at least, those players are varying in strength – all increases, so with a young 18-year-old who’s 171 pounds, you have to be careful. Now, he’s strong, he’s naturally strong, so he’s got that going for him, but we’ll have to see.

FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK

On what it means to sign his first NHL contract…

Oh, it’s hard to say. I mean, it’s a great feeling, and that’s why I’ve been practicing, that’s why I’m going for it and I just have to keep practicing and get better before I make the team and before the contract's going to mean something. I want to play in the NHL now.

On if he ever imagined he would get to this point, having dreamed about playing in the NHL…

Until now, until this moment happened now, I’ve been always just dreaming about it. But now it came true, but my dreaming isn’t done. I have to still do more things for my dad and for my family. I still have more that I have to do, and I just have to keep working and that can be a good beginning.

On the expectation of heading into training camp…

It’s hard to say. I mean, there were great players here, you know, and great practicing on the ice. It was pretty tough, and it was fun on ice, I loved it, and I just enjoyed it, it was great.

On potentially being on the ice with David Krejci at camp…

I know I just hope I'm going to stay alive after [from excitment], if it's going to happen. I always said if I get this chance, I would do my best and show to the Bruins that they made the right decision and I would really enjoy it.

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