The Boston Bruins officially announced the signing of 2010 first-round, second overall draft pick, Tyler Seguin, to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. The financial terms, as usual, were not disclosed, but it’s safe to presume that the 18-year-old Brampton, Ontario, Canada native will be pocketing $900,00 for each of his first three seasons in the big leagues, plus bonuses which could net him upwards of $3.75 million.
Just last hour, Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli held a press conference to the media about the signing. Here’s what the GM had to say:
On making any more moves/transactions from now until training camp starts next month:
“Right now we can ice a team with 13-14 players (forwards) 7 D and 2 goalies; as it stands putting Marco Sturm on LTIR (Long-term injured reserve list). So right now we don’t have to do anything, really, but we may still do something.
“Things come up and you’re never filing your final roster until you file your final roster; you’re never going to have a final roster.
“What I do know is that we have the ability [right now] to ice a team — and a good team — and that’s all we do between now and the start of opening camp I’ll be very happy.”
The recent signings (Wheeler, Seguin), putting the club over the cap:
“We’re over the cap. But we also have a player, Marco Sturm, who we’ll put on Long-Term injury. So at some point we’d have to make some changes when Marco’s ready to come back, but that’s the reason why you have long-term injury that you can go in excess of the cap and see how your team unfolds while the other player(s) is rehabbing and recoperating.”
Sturm’s expected return mid-to-late November
What position he sees Seguin starting the season:
“Right now I’d say he’d be on the wing right now. But you never know. Things may change. We have four centermen with Krej [David Krejci] Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] Savvy [Marc Savard] and Greg Campbell. So unless we ice another centerman he’d be on the wing right now. But you never know, I’ve had discussion with Claude [Julien] about mixing-and-matching and changin some positions around. So, I can’t tell you ewith complete certainty where he’ll play.”
(Without saying Michael Ryder) — If the team can still buyout a player:
“We’re not doing any buyouts. I think our window is still open but we’re not doing any buyouts.”