The list of potential players available this season continues to grow. Let’s start by saying that NYIs General Manager Lou Lamorillo clearly can’t have them all. What he needs is to get his hands on all the available player negotiations and come up with at least one of them. The last player selected to be available is Boston Bruins forward David Pasternak.
The firing of coach Bruce Cassidy may be as surprising as that of islander Barry Trotz. Cassidy’s removal from the equation comes with the belief that the Bruins are now on their way to rebuilding, especially given the number of injuries they will have to start the season. In order to recover the assets, the Bruins will have to outgrow something. Even Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic went so far as to suggest that they would have to suspend Pastrnak in the commercial market:
“Changing training and surgeries for critical shareholders and pending rebuilding will not encourage David Pasternak to sign an extension one year prior to his deal. In fact, the right wing might be the best business piece for General Manager Don Sweeney to cause a meltdown.”
– Fluto Shinzwa
Pastrnak will be far and away the number one player in the trading market, and much like Alex DeBrincat, this trade should be huge. The Czech winger is a five-times over 34 top scorer including two seasons of 40 goals, in which he scored 48 goals in the 2019-20 season. The 26-year-old winger is another striker with the right age to fit in the heart of the islanders and who remains an important factor when adding to this group in order to extend the Win Now period.
Once again, the demand will be enormous. If it takes 2022 Islanders Number 13 Oliver Wahlstrom and Aato Ratti for DeBrincat, you may have to add Anthony Beauvillier (or whatever tempts Bruins GM Don Sweeney) to that package to get Pastrnak back. If the Bruins were only interested in prospects, the islanders might not have what it takes.
Either way, Pastrnak is an attacker that you can’t let pass. He’s one of the best wings in today’s game and that’s what Al Jazeera’s sons have been in the market for this season. With Pastrnak, DeBrincat, Kevin Fiala, Johnny Gaudreau and Filip Forsberg as the top players available this summer, Lamoriello has to find a way to get one of them back.