B's, McQuaid agree on 3 years, 4.7 million

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B's, McQuaid agree on 3 years, 4.7 million

The Bruins have signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a three-year contract extension through the 201415 season, the team announced today.

CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is reporting that the deal is worth 4.7 million with an annual cap hit of 1.57 million after next season.

In McQuaid's first full season, he accumulated three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 67 regular season games. He amassed 96 penalty minutes. His 30 rating ranked first among rookies and fifth overall in the NHL. Through the playoffs, he had four points, all assists, in 23 games, serving 14 penalty minutes.

"He's a real solid contributor with his toughness and range," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call with reporters earlier today. "Felt fortunate to lock him up."

"This was a case of both parties coming together and making a good deal for both parties," Chiarelli said.

McQuaid was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007. Since then, he's worked hard in Providence and continued to do so in Boston, earning a larger role with the team as the season went on.

"The trade was one of the best things that ever could happen to me," McQuaid said, according to the team's Twitter account.

"The organization was willing to work with me ... and I was willing to put the work in.

As far as signing the deal, "there really wasn't any hesitation at all," he said.

"I really couldnt picture myself with any other team ... it's where I want to be for a long time."

The Bruins also signed forward Craig Cunningham to an entry-level contract and Zach McKelvie to a one-year deal.

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