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.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.