Bruins Give Tyler Seguin 6 year $34.5 Million Extension
The Bruins have announced today the signing of All-Star forward Tyler Seguin to a 6 year contract extension that runs throughout the 2018/19 season. Rumors emerged in mid-August that the organization was working tirelessly to get all of their impending free agents locked up because of the potential NHL lockout that is all but official. Seguin was an obvious priority of the team given the last departure of the organization’s highest drafted player in Phil Kessel. The Bruins all suffered greatly after failing to come to terms with free agents before the last NHL lockout and paid dearly for it for years.
Having signed Brad Marchand this week to a long term extension it became clear that Bruins’ General Manager Peter Chiarelli was determined to lock up the core of both the Stanley Cup winning team, as well as the future. Seguin’s contract is actually quite good in dollar figure given the deals Carolina’s Jeff Skinner got with his 6 year $34.35 million deal and Edmonton’s Taylor Hall with his 7 year $42 million extension. Both of these players are comparable to Seguin and it nice to see the Bruins finalize a deal that is both good for the team and the player.
The Brampton, Ontario native enjoyed a breakout season with the Bruins in which he led the team in scoring with 28 goals, 39 assists, and a plus 34 in 81 games. This performance also earned him his first All-Star selection. Seguin was drafted from the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers with the 2nd overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins. The pick was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Phil Kessel along with a second rounder which turned into Jared Knight and another first rounder the following year which turned into Dougie Hamilton.
It is good news for both Bruins fans and the organization to have their franchise player under contract for the next seven seasons. Upon signing this deal Seguin becomes the second highest paid player on the team behind Zdeno Chara. With this deal done the B’s can now turn their attention to Milan Lucic who is a restricted free agent as well as Andrew Ference and Nathan Horton who are unrestricted.
Chiarelli has found a winning formula and he has shown us all summer that he intends to maintain the course. You can follow me on Twitter here for all things Bruins: @Mattjacob64