When the news of Brad Marchand being signed for a four year contract extension was announced, I knew it was only a matter of time before the Bruins locked down Brad’s linemate Tyler Seguin. Today many of the Bruins players, including Seguin, took to the ice for an optional skate in Wilmington. It was here that General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that Seguin was signed to a six-year contract extension through the 2018-2019 season. His contract is worth $5.75 million annually over the next six years. With this deal, Seguin is the highest paid forward on the team and second highest paid player behind Zdeno Chara.
Though the NHL labor talks haven’t been getting any better, it’s good to see that the Bruins are still continuing to make moves. I think that this move was key for the future of the Boston Bruins. Earlier this summer when the Carolina Hurricanes locked up Jeff Skinner for a six-year contract, I had a feeling that the B’s would make a similiar move with Seguin.
This past season, Seguin led the team with 29 goals and 67 points and became the youngest player in team history to hold the team scoring title. Needless to say in only two seasons, he has made an impact on the club.
Shortly after Chiarelli and Seguin took to a conference call to discuss the signing. On the signing Chiarelli said:
“Seguin’s a young exciting player, maturing before our eyes. The sky’s the limit for Tyler.” (via Bruins Twitter)
And it seems as though Seguin is eager to continue his progress with the Bruins saying,
“I have high expectations of myself…that’s going to keep me motivated, keep me going.” (via Bruins twitter)
This is good news for Boston regardless of if a lock out occurs. Seguin and Marchand are the future of the Bruins organizations and it’s nice to see that the Chiarelli and Co. are taking the time to lock down key players.