New York Islanders Should Make a Big Pitch for David Pastrnak
There could be an opportunity for the New York Islanders to land one of the top young wingers in the game. The Isles should make a big pitch for David Pastrnak.
This past week, Brian Lawton tweeted: “with what I am hearing I would not be surprised if David Pastrnak is traded“. Is there an opportunity for the New York Islanders to make a deal with the Boston Bruins?
Keep in mind immediately after the aftermath of Lawton’s tweet, Bruins GM Don Sweeney told the Boston Globe he is “not trading Pastrnak“.
Having said that Garth Snow should investigate and make a big push to see if a deal for Pastrnak is possible.
In his third season with the Bruins, Pastrnak broke through with a huge year. The 2014 first round pick (25th overall) produced 34 goals along with 70 points. He also was a weapon on the power play as he tallied 24 goals with the extra man. The power play has been the Isles Achilles heel.
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So why would the Bruins trade Pastrnak? The talented 21-year old is a restricted free agent and with the recent mega signings of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Johansen the Czech winger wants a huge deal.
Word is the Bruins have offered Pastrnak a six- year deal at $6 million per season. If the Bruins are not willing to seriously up the ante, where does it go from here?
The Big Offer
For the Bruins to even consider trading Pastrank it would have to be for a big package that can help them today, as well as moving forward. Yours truly has come up with such an offer.
The Isles should offer Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson, and one of their 2018 first round picks to the Bruins for Pastrnak.
Nelson is a proven scorer in the league (has scored at least 20 goals each of the last three seasons) and is only 25. Even with Long Island’s own Charlie McAvoy now on the Bruins blue line they are still desperate for a young defenseman. Pulock would be a great fit in Beantown. Finally, a first-round pick in the deep 2018 draft is a very big future asset.
From an Islanders point of view while they would be trading a big package all those assets they would be dealing would be from depth. Adding Pastrnak would give the Isles two big lines and an immense power play.
Snow would have to make another move to free up a little bit more cap space (figure $1 million) to fit Pastrnak under the cap. If the Bruins continue to have a big problem in trying to signing Pastrnak, Boston could listen if another team steps up.
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Landing Pastrnak is going to be an extremely tough task. Having said that the Isles match-up well in a potential deal with the Bruins. Snow should make a big pitch and see what happens.