Pastrnak optimistic he'll extend with Bruins: 'It's an honour to wear this jersey'

Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak celebrates his goal during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Friday, May 6, 2022, in Boston. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Patrice Bergeron is back, so is David Krejci, and David Pastrnak doesn't think he's going anywhere.

After his first informal practice with the Boston Bruins this off-season, Pastrnak, whose contract is up at the end of the 2022-23 season, announced 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 155 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."

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