Bruins sign David Pastrnak to huge 8-year contract extension

Pastrnak's 42 goals and 80 points ranks him among the elite offensive players in the NHL this season.

The Boston Bruins signed superstar forward David Pastrnak to an eight-year, $90 million contract extension ($11.25 million AAV) on Thursday.

Pastrnak leads the league-leading Bruins in scoring with 42 goals and 80 points in 60 games, and only fourth in league-scoring behind Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Nikita Kucherov. The 26-year-old also leads the team in power-play goals (14) and power-play points (29) while averaging 19:48 of ice time per game.

Pastrnak has spent all nine seasons of his NHL career with the Bruins after being selected with the 25th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft. In 570 career NHL games, the Havirov, Czech Republic native has 282 goals and 302 assists, while accumulating 247 penalty minutes.

Feb 25, 2023; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN;  Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak  (88) awaits the start of play against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Pastrnak is on pace to break his career-high of 48 goals in a season — which won him the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2019-20 — and crack the 50-goal mark for the first time in his career.

The winger is in the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract ($6.666 million AAV) and has been considered to be one of the biggest bargains in the NHL over the last few seasons.