Even with the threat of an NHL Lockout, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli is still committed to his young core.
Chiarelli’s commitment began when the Black and Gold signed 24-year old Brad Marchand signed a four-year contract extension last week. That commitment continued on Tuesday morning, with the signing of former second overall pick Tyler Seguin to a six-year extension worth $34.5 million ($5.75 million per season) making him the highest paid forward on the team. Seguin and Chiarelli will participate in a conference call with the media Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
The announcement comes one day after Seguin confirmed the discussions for a new contract at Monday’s Boston Bruins Golf Tournament in Bolton, Mass. and expressed his desire to stay in Boston.
“There’s been discussions,” said the former Plymouth Whaler (OHL). “It’s looking good, and I’m looking forward to playing in Boston for many years. I want to stay here and start a life here.”
Once fellow 2010 Draft classmates Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall signed their contract extensions with the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers, respectively, speculation grew on when Seguin would sign his new deal. After Marchand signed his new contract, it seemed like only a matter of time.
But even with a new deal, there might be a chance that Seguin plays in a different league shall the lockout become official when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Saturday.
“I’m not sure. I’m heading to New York for two days to see what’s going on and meet with my agent a little more,” the 20-year old Seguin said to reporters in Bolton. “Obviously I want to be playing hockey, NHL first, and then I thought about AHL, thought about overseas, but I can confirm nothing now.”
While he only recorded 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 74 games during the 2010-11 season, Seguin’s contributions benefited the Bruins during their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals where he scored three goals and two assists in his first two career postseason contests, including a four-point night (two goals, two assists) in Game 2.
In 2011-12, Seguin posted career highs with 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points, leading his team in scoring in a breakthrough season. His playoff performance was equally as impressive scoring the overtime winner in Game 6 of the Bruins’ first round series against the Washington Capitals, while also tallying the team’s only goal in the Game 7 overtime loss that ended Boston’s season.
In addition, Seguin was named to the 2012 NHL All-Star team, being picked last by teammate Zdeno Chara in the Fantasy Draft, and competed in the NHL SuperSkills competition during the 2011 All-Star weekend.
For a young star who is still on the rise, The Hub of Hockey should be pretty pleased to see Seguin wear the Spoked B for the forseeable future.