Don Sweeney: Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy contract talks ‘works in progress’ with camp looming

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  • Bruins general manager Don Sweeney gave the best update he could on Wednesday afternoon while discussing Bruce Cassidy’s contract extension, and it didn’t amount to much of an update at all.

“Still works in progress. We continue to communicate every day and we remain hopeful that we can find the landing spot for both players,” said Sweeney. “Obviously they’re important to our hockey club and we’re going to continue working at it.”

  • The three-year, $15 million bridge deal for Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski is going to make an impact on negotiations with the 21-year-old McAvoy.
  • One could very easily envision McAvoy signing the same kind of bridge deal if both sides can’t find common ground on a long term contract, and if the clock begins ticking on the regular season for one of Boston’s most important players.
  • It shouldn’t be nearly as difficult for Carlo, who should be in line for something in the neighborhood of $3-4 million per season on a three-year contract based on comparable RFAs around the league.
  • The key to the Werenski deal is he gets a much higher actual salary in the final season of his new deal ($7 million) than the annual average value of $5 million.
  • That means his next qualifying offer will be $7 million, regardless of his performance.
  • If the Bruins pitch something similar, that could prove enticing to McAvoy and Carlo.
  • The former Boston University standout said as much at Bruins breakup day back in the middle of June.

“I don’t want to go anywhere. [Boston] is the best place on earth,” said McAvoy back in June. “This is home for me now. I live here in the summer. I love it here. I want to be here forever.”

Charlie McAvoy Highlights | Stallion (2019)

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