Tag:2012 Free Agency
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:03 pm

Bruins re-sign D Boychuk for three seasons

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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Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:04 pm

Parise, Devils continue working on long-term deal

By Brian Stubits

The speculation was rampant when Zach Parise re-inked with the Devils for just one season.

You could hear the panic out of New Jersey. The anticipation was equally as loud from fan bases all across the NHL, hopeful for a shot to get one of the game's young Stars next offseason.

Well everybody can calm down. Parise talked about his offseason negotiations at the media tour in New York City today, saying in no way does the short contract indicate a desire to leave New Jersey. From NHL.com:

"We talked about both," Parise said of discussing short- and long-term deals. "Without getting into too much detail with respect to everyone involved, we came down to that and that made the most sense. We said it right after we signed it, that we were going to keep talking. It's not as if we're not going to talk until next June 30. We'll keep going and keep working on it.

"I know people's initial reactions are, 'Oh, it's one year and get out of there.' But that's not how it went down, that's not how it worked out. We'll keep trying to figure it out."

Until last season, Parise had avoided injuries throughout his six-year career. But surgery on his knee limited him to just 13 games last season. But go back to 2008-09 when Parise scored 45 goals with 49 assists -- he has scored more than 30 goals in each of his past four full seasons -- and you can understand why he is so coveted.

If he is able to return from the surgery and show his old form once again, it will go a long way toward getting the Devils back into the playoff picture after a staggering fall last season. Oh, and he'll ensure he'll get the handsome salary that's been coming his way.

Photo: Getty Images

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