The big news of the day as the Bruins opened training camp today at Warrior Ice Arena was, of course, the signing of restricted free agent winger David Pastrnak to a new six-year, $40 million contract.
But Bruins general manager Don Sweeney made some additional news when he revealed there have been talks about a contract extension for team captain and cornerstone defenseman Zdeno Chara. The 40-year-old has one year left on a seven-year contract, earning $4 million this season.
“I’ve had talks with Z,” said Sweeney. “He has indicated that he would like to continue to play hockey. We would like to continue to have him as part of the Boston Bruins. So we’ll continue to monitor that as we go through camp and the start of the season, continue those talks.
“It’s important for him to understand that we’re in his corner. But there’s no timetable to have those discussions. I think he wants to play. I think he can play. I think he is an impactful player.”
Another bit of news: Veteran right winger Teddy Purcell, 32, formerly a first-line player with Tampa but a journeyman the last few seasons, is in camp on a pro tryout basis.