Report: Pastrnak unlikely to start camp with Bruins as talks continue

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David Pastrnak isn't expected to be in Boston when Bruins training camp opens Thursday.

The restricted free agent remains in his native Czech Republic while he waits to sign a new contract, reports Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Meanwhile, communication between the team and Pastrnak's representatives continues, Johnston adds.

Pastrnak is believed to be using an eight-year, $68-million deal recently signed by Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl as a point of comparison. His agent recently confirmed the max term has been discussed, but the Bruins appear reluctant to make him the highest-paid player on the team at this stage of his career.

The Bruins will kick off their preseason schedule Monday against Montreal.