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Pastrnak, Bruins hope to agree on new contract before training camp

Each side aiming 'to find a deal that works' for restricted free agent forward

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and restricted free agent David Pastrnak continue to negotiate a new contract, with hopes the 21-year-old right wing will sign by Sept. 14, the first day of of training camp, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Thursday.

"There's never really been any deviance from that standpoint, from the organization or from the player, indications otherwise than to find a deal that works," Sweeney said during the first day of Bruins rookie camp at Warrior Ice Arena.

"I was on record a while ago, and I think read general managers [Wednesday] talking about it, nobody really hides from the fact that I don't think it's productive on either side [to be unsigned when camp begins]. So in a perfect world, yes, the answer would be yes, on all fronts."

Pastrnak completed his three-year, entry-level contract last season, when he was second on the Bruins in goals (34) and points (70). He was too young this summer to opt for arbitration.

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Pastrnak, the No. 25 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 123 points (59 goals, 64 assists) in 172 games, all with Boston.

His agent, J.P. Barry, has proposed an eight-year contract, the Boston Herald reported.

"Status quo there," Sweeney said. "[J.P.] and I continue to talk and we'll continue to talk and find a deal at some point in time. There's no timetable on it and nothing really to expand on other than the nature of the talks that have been ongoing."

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