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    Boychuk signs three-year contract extension

    Tim Rosenthal February 14, 2012

    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Johnny Boychuk (left) signed a three-year extension with the Bruins Tuesday, but the deal could come back to haunt them when they try to re-up Tuukka Rask (right) and others this off-season

    BOSTON — According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has signed a 3-year contract worth $10.08 million — an average of $3.36 million per year. The extension will run through the end of the 2014-15 season.

    Boychuk’s deal makes him the second highest paid defenseman on the team behind Zdeno Chara, who carries a cap hit of over $6 million.

    After a slip in production last year, Boychuk has been a viable third defenseman on the Black and Gold pairing with Chara for most of the season, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per night to go along with his 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists). In 177 career games, the 28-year-old defenseman has 11 goals and 30 assists.

    With the current core, the Bruins have over $55 million committed to 15 players with a little under $9 million in cap space for next season. The entire fourth line of Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille are all unrestricted free agents along with Chris Kelly and Joe Corvo; and Tuukka Rask is an RFA at the end of the year. On to of all that, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin are all free agents after the 2012-13 season.

    This is without question a risky move by GM Peter Chiarelli. If he remains on a pair with Chara and can pull his weight then this deal could pay dividends. But if it doesn’t it could prove costly when trying to re-up those deals for pending and future free agents.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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