On the heels of fellow third-year players Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Jeff Skinner earning lucrative multi-year deals, it appears Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin may be next in line for a huge payday.
According to a report from Boston radio station WEEI, Seguin is happy about where the negotiations stand and expects to have a contract signed prior to Saturday's expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement.
"There's been discussions. It's looking good, and I'm looking forward to hopefully playing in Boston for many years."
Seguin was one of the top second-year players in the league last season, racking up a team-high 29 goals to go along with 38 assists in 81 games. His emergence as a solid two-way player helped lead the Bruins to a top-two seed in the Eastern Conference.
Time is a factor in Seguin's deal, with the CBA on the verge of expiring in just five days and a new agreement expected to limit the length of player contracts. Seguin is looking for the same type of long-term security given to players with similar resumes and service time - a list that includes Hall (seven years, $42 million) and Skinner (six years, $34.5 million). Seguin will likely average somewhere in the vicinity of $6 million per season over the course of his deal, making him the second-highest paid player on the club behind hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara.
This despite not even turning 21 until December.
Seguin, who was at a charity golf tournament, went on to say that he hasn't decided what he'll do in the event of a work stoppage, which appears more likely by the day. There will be no shortage of options for the Brampton, Ont., native, who could be offered a high-six or even seven-figure contract to play overseas.
He's expected to be a feature on the top line next season for Boston, which selected him with the second overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft - a pick the Bruins acquired from the Maple Leafs in the trade that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto.