Bruins extend David Pastrnak; trade for Tyler Bertuzzi

Bruins star David Pastrnak signed an eight-year, $90 million contract extension with an annual salary-cap hit of $11.25 million, keeping him in Boston through the 2030-31 season, the team announced Thursday.

The 26-year-old Pastrnak is in the midst of a stellar season with the NHL-best Bruins. In 60 games, he leads the Bruins in goals (42), assists (38) and points (80), with a plus-27 rating. He is tied with Buffalo’s Tage Thompson for fourth place on the league’s season scoring list.

In Boston, fellow forward Brad Marchand is second on the team with 53 points.

Pastrnak also leads the Bruins in points per game (1.33), even strength goals (28), even strength points (51) and power play goals (14).

Bruins extend David Pastrnak

Boston selected Pastrnak with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, and he is in his ninth season with the franchise. In 570 career games, Pastrnak has tallied 584 points (282 goals, 302 assists).

His 282 goals are ninth in Bruins history. In the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, the Czech led the NHL in goals with 48.

“It was something that was certainly a priority for us,” Bruins president Cam Neely said. “Probably took a little longer than we had hoped for, but we finally got across the finish line and we’re thrilled to have him for another eight years.”

Bruins acquire Tyler Bertuzzi

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Oct 14, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi (59) skates with the puck in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins acquired forward Tyler Bertuzzi from Detroit on Thursday for two draft picks, including a 2024 top-10 protected first-rounder.

The Red Wings also received a fourth-round pick in 2025, per the announcement. Detroit retains 50 percent of Bertuzzi’s $4.75 million cap hit.

Bertuzzi, 28, has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 29 games this season. He missed roughly six weeks – including the whole month of December – with a hand injury that required surgery.

Bertuzzi has 202 career points (88 goals, 114 assists) in six-plus seasons, all with the Red Wings, who selected him in the second round of the 2013 draft.

Bertuzzi is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

–Field Level Media