Pasta’s cook­ing

Newly signed winger happy to be here

Boston Herald - - TRAINING CAMP 2017 - By STEVE CONROY Twit­ter: @con­roy­her­ald

Maybe some day the sixyear, $40 mil­lion con­tract will change David Pas­tr­nak a lit­tle bit. But for now, the Bru­ins winger re­mains the same goofy kid with a dead­pan sense of hu­mor.

Asked yes­ter­day what his first big pur­chase would be now that he’s struck it rich, the 21-year-old Czech Republic prod­uct said he’d al­ready made it.

“I got din­ner yes­ter­day. Rice and chicken. Teriyaki. That’s the first thing I did,” said Pas­tr­nak be­fore flash­ing his chipped-tooth grin.

The Bru­ins were made whole with the ar­rival of Pas­tr­nak, whose “hold­out” lasted all of about eight min­utes Thurs­day be­fore he signed the deal that will cost the team $6.667 mil­lion against the salary cap.

While Pas­tr­nak’s con­tract sit­u­a­tion served as spec­u­la­tion fod­der through­out the sum­mer, it never seemed like this could spi­ral out of con­trol. Things tend to get done when both par­ties are in agree­ment on what the end re­sult should be. Pas­tr­nak likes Bos­ton and the Bru­ins. The Bru­ins like Pas­tr­nak. It was go­ing to get done. All it needed was a lit­tle pres­sure of lost train­ing camp time for both sides to come to­gether.

“Ob­vi­ously it was a new ex­pe­ri­ence. I can’t say I was ner­vous. I’m the kind of guy who was fo­cus­ing on the sea­son,” said Pas­tr­nak, who flew in from home Fri­day. “Ob­vi­ously it was a lit­tle bit harder when it turns to Septem­ber and all the guys from Czech re­turn to their towns and are get­ting ready for the sea­sons. I kind of stayed there by my­self. It was a lit­tle bit tougher, but I can’t say I re­ally got ner­vous. Ob­vi­ously, I wanted to get it done and get here with the guys. But that’s how it works and some­times you need to be pa­tient.”

Pas­tr­nak left it up to the pro­fes­sion­als.

“Both sides wanted to get it done as soon as it could get done,” he said. “But some­times you can’t find an agree­ment un­til we did. I want to thank (agent) J.P. (Barry) for a great job. I trust him and I let him do his job. Ob­vi­ously, it was my first time so I didn’t re­ally know how it works. I didn’t re­ally go much into it. And (gen­eral man­ager) Don Sweeney has done many con­tracts, so I left it for more ex­pe­ri­enced guys.”

The only time Pas­tr­nak thought ne­go­ti­a­tions might last longer than ex­pected was when he put his head on the pil­low on the eve of train­ing camp.

“But the time change (which is six hours ahead) is a lit­tle bit harder for me. Usu­ally they’re re talk­ing while I was sleep­ing, but I didn’t re­ally have too much time to think about it,” said Pas­tr­nak, adding with a smile, “but I was just dream­ing.”

Pas­tr­nak had made a big jump in 2016-17 af­ter spend­ing the pre­vi­ous sum­mer train­ing in Bos­ton. But while he spent most of the sum­mer at home, he said his train­ing reg­i­men re­mained strong.

“Ob­vi­ously I want to get stronger on my legs,” Pas­tr­nak said. “You want to get faster, you want to get stronger, you want to get a bet­ter shot. There are so many things you want to get bet­ter as a player, but you can’t all do it at once . . . . You don’t want to get stronger by 20 pounds in one sum­mer. Ev­ery­thing has to progress and I have a great coach back home in Czech and we had a great sum­mer. In the be­gin­ning of sum­mer we did a test on what I had to get bet­ter at most and we worked on it all sum­mer.”

As ex­pected, Pas­tr­nak was im­me­di­ately placed on a line with his coun­try­man, cen­ter David Kre­jci, and left winger Jake DeBrusk. It was an eye-opener for the rookie.

“The first thing you no­tice is (Pas­tr­nak’s) speed, right? And his hands and the shot. Those are the big three for him,” said DeBrusk. “Be­ing a player on that line, I want to give him the puck and to spots as much as pos­si­ble and us­ing my speed to open things up for him and let him shoot the puck. With Krech, he thinks the game on an­other level from ev­ery­one else and knows the next play. You just try to get on the same page as him with his hockey IQ the right way . . . . Give it to those guys and get to the net.”

And do the two Davids al­ways speak English on the ice?

“Ah, they don’t,” said DeBrusk with a laugh. “It’s kind of funny some­times. I’m Cana­dian so I’m used to some play­ers speak­ing French, but no, some­times they don’t. But they were talk­ing a lot of English to­day, for sure.”


WEL­COME BACK: David Pas­tr­nak (left) mixes it up with Ri­ley Nash in the winger’s first prac­tice of camp yes­ter­day at War­rior Ice Arena in Brighton af­ter sign­ing his new six-year, $40 mil­lion deal.

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