|Tyler Seguin will be in Boston through 2018-19. (Getty Images)|
It was only a matter of time until the Boston Bruins locked up young forward Tyler Seguin. On Tuesday morning, they made it official by announcing the sides have agreed to a six-year, $34.5 million contract extension.
Seguin is just now entering the final year of his entry level contract. When you add this extension, the Bruins have him under contract through the end of the 2018-19 season. In 81 games last season, the 20-year-old Seguin led the Bruins in goals, points, shots on goal and finished second in assists and plus/minus. Obviously, he was one of the driving forces behind the Bruins' 49-win season.
The Bruins drafted Seguin with the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, a selection that was received as part of the trade that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto. The other first-round pick that Boston received in that trade was used on Dougie Hamilton in 2011 (No. 8 overall). According to general manager Peter Chiarelli, Hamilton is expected to make the Bruins' roster this season.
Seguin is the latest young NHL star to receive a lengthy contract extension in recent weeks. Edmonton re-signed Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle to deals that will pay each of them $6 million per season. The Bruins also locked up Brad Marchand to a four-year, $18 million contract last week.
Seguin's extension is worth $5.75 million during the six years of the deal.
Looking ahead at the Bruins' salary cap situation, they have 14 players signed for the 2013-14 season (the first year of Seguin's new deal) for more than $45 million. And they still must work out new contracts for Milan Lucic (restricted), Tuukka Rask (restricted), Jordan Caron (restricted), and Andrew Ference (unrestricted) over the next year since they'll be free agents in one form or another after this season.
Depending on what happens with the new CBA and the cap over the next few months it could get interesting in Boston.
Seguin was still the big one. Getting him secured through the age of 26 (and what should be his best, most productive years in the NHL) for less than $6 million a year seems like a very solid deal for the Bruins.