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Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:03 pm
Boychuk, 28, was originally drafted by the Avs. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Boston Bruins reportedly sewn up another one of their core players before they ever even hit the free-agent market. This time they have locked in defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year contract for an average annual salary of $3.36 million as first reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Boychuk, who is currently carrying a cap of $1.875 million, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Now he joins the litany of Bruins players who aren't going anywhere, not yet.

Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has done an even more remarkable job of locking in his players to team-friendly contracts while building a powerhouse team. They manage to maintain space under the cap and keeping all of their players together, for the most part. Boychuk is the latest example. Why even let the guys hit the free market?

For Boychuk it's a very nice pay day. Like every position in the league it seems except for the enforcer, defensive defensemen have been seeing a nice bump in value. Although it doesn't seem as incredibly friendly to the team as some other deals have been under Chiarelli, the headaches of going on the free-agent market are taking care of.

But it's not like he's a scrub. He gives the Bruins more than 20 minutes of ice time per night and is a big hitter.

Boychuk doesn't give a whole lot at all in the offensive categories, his job is to stop pucks from going in the net. On the season Boychuk has three goals and seven assists to speak of. Outside of captain Zdeno Chara, he makes up a great but quiet group of defensemen. They mostly leave the scoring up to the Bruins' four lines of offense.

The new deal for Boychuk leaves the Bruins with only one more of their top six defenseman unsigned through next season, that's Joe Corvo. Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton are unsigned through this season. Benoit Pouliot and Tuukka Rask are restricted free agent after this season. Chances are you'll see most of them sticking around if Chiarelli's track record is any indication.

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Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:40 am
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Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:40 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

3 more years of jack edwards yelling johnny rocket....i like it!

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:23 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

I'm not sold on Rask as the Bruins goalie of the future either.  Look back to the 2009-2010 season.  Rask  played well filling in for Thomas, but Philadelphia exposed his weaknesses in the playoffs.  As a matter of fact, they ran off four straight wins against him.  This season, Rask started off hot, but has come back down to earth recently.  If I was Chiarelli, I would trade Rask while he still has high value and before he becomes a RFA.  Chicago needs a goalie, and they have some good defensemen that Boston could use.  Also, by trading Rask to Chicago, he goes to the Western conference, and would not come back to haunt Boston in the future. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:03 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

I like the contract and the length.    Good value, the market is going to be ridiculous for FA defensemen that play 20+ minutes agame.   He still has some upside that may make this a very good bargain.   All in all, a solid contract in my opinion.   While he's not worth that much right now, I think he will be after July 1st given the market trends.    He will have a contract that will be easy to move if need be too.   Nice job and timing by Chiarelli on this contract.  

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:42 pm
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Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:40 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

Great to hear you SCPB'.

Boychuck is a har worker and hits hard and doesn't mind getting his nose bleeding behind the net . Ha Takes the checks, booming shot , may sometimes make a mistake in the defensive zone but is a fighter that has given all he has each game which SOME B's didn't during a bad streak  ( we all know who they are)

Bottom line : he plays %100 each game

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:33 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

I am not enthused, even though i like Boychuk.  It is a good signing I guess.  I looked up what other defensemen are making, and there are some bad ones making way more than this.  PC continues to work well in advance to keep costs low.

Bruins still could use a solid defenseman to fill in for Chara and Seids, but the group they have is still pretty good, although if there was place to tweak, it would be defense. 

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:30 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

Another great re-signing and at a reasonable price too.   Boychuk is a severely underrated defensive player with a blast of a slapshot and a hard hitting player as well.  Chiarelli has done an amazing job at retaining the core of the Bruins for the next 2-3 years.   The Bs have some good defensive talent down in the minors too in Kampfer and other prospects coming down the pike as well .. I suspect Corvo won't be resigned as a result, but that's okay.    Rask will be the only major re-signing this off-season now ... after that some of the other lower tier players will get resigned and other prospects will be brought up to round out any that were lost to FA.   The STANLEY CUP CHAMPION Bruins are LOADED for the future .. got to love it.  

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