Bruins' David Pastrnak: Set to take the ice this weekend

Pastrnak, who is expected to fly to Boston from the Czech Republic on Friday, could be on the ice with his teammates sometime this weekend, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports.

While Pastrnak's contract situation delayed his training camp arrival, his absence won't be a lengthy one thanks to the six-year, $40 million contract that he inked with the Bruins on Thursday. Coach Bruce Cassidy will thus stick with his plan of having Pastrnak play on a line with deft playmaker David Krejci, as he did for much of the second half of the 2016-17 season. As is the case with the Bruins' other high-end forward duo --- Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand -- there's a vacant wing spot on each of the team's top two lines to be battled for in training camp, with no shortage of candidates to fill the roles. Pastrnak, who is coming off a 34-goal, 70-point campaign (in 75 games), is now under contract with the Bruins through the 2022-23 season, setting the stage for him to be looking for his next deal at the age of 27.

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