Speaking to the media on Monday, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney wouldn't say whether or not the club will reach an extension with star winger David Pastrnak ahead of training camp opening this week.
“There’s never been a timetable,” Sweeney said. “I know other people have tried to sort of put one on there, but that’s just not how it works.
“I’ll admit, you’d always like to have things buttoned up before you worry about entering a last year (of a contract). ... But sometimes it’s just a little bit more of an organic process — we’ll continue to work on it. We’re happy to see Pasta back and ready to go.”
Pastrnak announced last week his intentions to stay with the club beyond the upcoming campaign.
"Of course," he said, when asked if he's optimistic a deal will get done. "This city is where I got the chance to become the player I am — become the human being I am.
"I've said it many times: I love it here, it's an honour to wear this jersey."
Pastrnak, 26, is due a significant pay raise from his current cap hit of $6.67 million per season. Over the last four seasons, the star winger has produced 146 goals and 301 points in just 256 games.
Back in June, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said he believed the Bruins intend to sign Pastrnak.
"I believe their intention is to sign (Pastrnak)," Friedman said Tuesday on The Jeff Marek Show. "And if for whatever reason they get the impression that they can't sign him, then I think that that may change. But the initial sense I'm getting is that their goal is to sign him."