One day after saying a contract extension was "looking good," Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has put his signature to a new six-year pact.
The deal, worth $34.5 million, will keep Seguin under contract with the Bruins through the 2018-19 campaign - when he'll still be just 27, and likely in line for another big payday.
Seguin told reporters Monday at a charity golf tournament he was encouraged that the two sides would get a deal done ahead of Saturday's expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. The 20-year-old star had a solid sophomore season in 2011-12, 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.
As expected, Seguin's significant raise slots him in with other skilled players with similar service time. His annual average salary of $5.75 million leaves him behind Edmonton Oilers phenoms Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, who will earn $6 million per season over the course of their extensions, and virtually on par with Carolina Hurricanes speedster Jeff Skinner, who will pull in an average of $5.725 million.
The deal makes him the second-highest paid player on the club behind hulking defenseman Zdeno Chara.
The Bruins have to be pleased with the terms of the contract, considering that Seguin may be the most polished player in his age group. Puck Daddy writer Greg Wyshynski considers the extension a great deal for Boston, which secured the services of forward Brad Marchand earlier in the offseason and will look to do the same with its other two marquee pending restricted free agents, forward Milan Lucic and goaltender Tuukka Rask. Boston is facing a major cap calamity in the not-too-distant future, but for this season at least, the Bruins' prospects look strong.
That is, if there's a season to be played.