The question wasn’t a matter of if the Bruins would sign Charlie McAvoy to a new deal, but rather a matter of when. Well, the two parties reportedly crossed that bridge on Sunday.
As first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Bruins re-signed McAvoy on a three-year contract extension worth $4.9 million per season. The deal, as McKenzie tweeted, resembles Zach Werenski’s bridge deal after he re-signed with Columbus.
As for McAvoy, yes, it’s fair to say that he preferred a lengthier deal. He expressed his desire to stay here for the long term on breakup day. But his trajectory hasn’t changed. The Bruins still view him as a cornerstone on the blue-line. The bridge deal, as unpopular as it seems to some, just delays McAvoy’s bigger deal in another three years, especially with David Krejci’s $7.25 million AAV and David Backes’ $6 million cap hit coming off the books after the 2020-21 season.
McAvoy also gets two additional years as an RFA according to Cap Friendly.
Both Sweeney and McAvoy will speak with the media following Sunday’s training camp session at Warrior Ice Arena. We’ll have more reaction to McAvoy’s new contract later.
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