After plodding their way to a frustrating series loss against the Penguins in 2015-16, Alain Vigneault changed the New York Rangers’ style, and it worked in 2016-17. The Rangers’ experience ranks up there as maybe the most indicative of just how ridiculously stacked the Metropolitan Division was. The Rangers were one of nine teams in the NHL to generate at least 100 standings points (in their case, 102), finishing just one behind the Montreal Canadiens, who won the Atlantic Division.
At this point in the negotiations between David Pastrnak and the Bruins, it should be painstakingly clear that there will be no easy option for the Black and Gold. Months ago, the Bruins and Pastrnak’s camp discussed a deal in the neighborhood of six years and $36 million, as first reported by CSN New England, but that ship sailed when Connor McDavid, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Johansen and Leon Draisaitl all signed massive contracts as young, restricted free agents in a summer where elite young players saw their market go way, way up. MORE ON PASTRNAK Haggerty: Draisaitl deal means Pastrnak about to get paid Felger: Bruins are in an impossible spot with Pastrnak So, the Bruins will need to step
Little doubt out there right now that the new contract Leon Draisaitl signed at midweek was at least something of an overpayment. With that having been said, Peter Chiarelli was faced with that old familiar problem: He couldn’t not-pay for Draisaitl. The idea that Draisaitl is worth $8.5 million AAV right now is laughable.