The NHL may be on shaky ground when it comes to labor discussions, but that hasn't kept the Bruins from making moves this offseason.
Just a few days after signing Brad Marchand to an extension, the Bruins did the same for their All-Star forward Tyler Seguin.
It was announced on Tuesday morning that Seguin has signed a 6-year extension through the 2018-19 season. The deal is worth an average of 5.75 million annually, making Seguin the highest paid forward on the team. He is the second-highest paid player on the team behind only Zdeno Chara.
Seguin's 29 goals and 67 points made him the Bruins' most dangerous offensive player in 2011-12. The 20-year-old's plus-34 rating ranked second in the league behind teammate Patrice Bergeron.
As Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty wrote back in August, the Bruins may have been given a model for Seguin's new deal when Carolina's 20-year-old star Jeff Skinner signed an extension earlier this summer. His new contract the Hurricanes is worth 34.35 million over six years.
The Bruins will hold a conference call today at 3 p.m. where both Seguin and general manager Peter Chiarelli will discuss the move.
More to come . . .
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.