NHL Rumours: Pastrnak waiting on Oilers’ Draisaitl contract?

It’s a gorgeous mid-August day. The only ice of importance should be floating in your Arnold Palmer.

So, naturally, your mind is on hockey rumours.

Here’s the latest buzz being generated on the unsigned (Leon Draisaitl, David Pastrnak, Jarome Iginla), the unextended (Paul Maurice), the untraded (Matt Duchene), and the unimpressed (Evgeny Kuznetsov).

Pastrnak waiting for Draisaitl to make him richer? Or is a trade on deck?
All due respect to your Connor Brown paranoia, but of the 19 restricted free agents who remain jobless in mid-August, the most important contract negotiations are those involving Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Boston’s David Pastrnak — two versatile, explosive, 21-year-old point producers coming off career seasons.

According to CSNE.com Bruins insider Joe Haggerty, Pastrnak’s camp is waiting on Draisaitl to set the financial bar for second-most dangerous forward on a team.

Boston and Pastrnak, Haggerty notes, had made progress on a long-term deal around six years at $6 million per, which would slide him under Brad Marchand’s $6.125 million cap hit. The big money earned by Connor McDavid, Ryan Johansen and Evgeny Kuznetsov this summer could benefit Pastrnak, who could end up making more than the more accomplished Marchand after all.

That former NHL general manager and current NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton tweeted the possibility of a Pastrnak trade Monday did little to calm the nerves of Bruins fans, a group who has seen its share of dynamic 21-year-olds moved ahead of their prime.