The Boston Bruins signed another young forward to a contract extension yesterday and continue to lock up the young core of their team. Former 2nd overall pick, Tyler Seguin, signed a 6-year extension worth $34.5 million. He will make an average of $4.5 million with a cap hit of $5.75 million. When the extension takes affect during the 2013-14 NHL season, Seguin will become the highest paid forward on the Bruins and the 2nd highest paid player on the Bruins behind captain Zdeno Chara. The 20-year old is set to make $3.5 million this upcoming season, the last year of his 3-year entry level contract.
Last year for the Bruins, Seguin had a career year and showed flashes of the talent and speed that made him a consensus top-2 pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He tallied 29 goals to go with 38 assists for 67 points. He also improved tremendously in the defensive aspects of being a forward, a must for any player who wishes to see playing time on Claude Julien’s team. Seguin finished 2nd in the league last season in +/- with a rating of plus 34.
Seguin, who claims to have fallen in love with Boston on his first visit to the city, took to Twitter to tell the world about his extension:
“Happy to be apart of the Bruins organization for another 7 years. Thanks for the support and everyone involved.”
It’s a good deal for both sides, especially the Bruins if Seguin continues his progression as a player. The contract extensions of fellow youngsters Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Skinner appear to have been used as a model for Seguin’s extension as they are all right in the same ballpark. The signing comes just days before the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire causing the NHL to lockout the players and cause a work stoppage.
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