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Bruins, Boychuk agree to three-year extension

Feb 14, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

Johnny Boychuk AP

In a deal first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, defenseman Johnny Boychuk has agreed to a three-year extension with the Boston Bruins worth $10.08 million.

The deal represents a significant raise and some stability for the 28-year-old blueliner. Boychuk was in the final year of a contract that paid him $2 million annually (the new one’s worth $3.36 million yearly.)

A second-round pick of the Avalanche in 2002, Boychuck struggled to find his niche until he was traded to the Bruins in 2008. Since then, Boychuck has been a vital contributor to the Boston blueline and was a key cog in last year’s Stanley Cup-winning squad, scoring 3G-6A-9PTS in 25 games.

The 6-foot-2, 225 lb. rearguard has three goals and seven assists and is plus-23 in 52 games this season, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per night.

  1. drewsylvania - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Ugh. He really isn’t that good.

  2. itsallniceonice - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Kind of a strange deal. I had him pegged to go to make room for Hamilton.

  3. cowboys282 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Another great move for the Bruins. Very underrated but solid player. He fits the Bruins mold and was home grown. I also felt he would be the odd man out of defense for Hamilton. But after the way Corvo has played recently he is no doubt the one who will go. Corvo might not make it to the end of the season.

  4. madtolive5 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Peter C is great at talent evaluation.
    He is mid to lower pack at contracts. He always gives way to much cash and too many years.

    • pepper2011 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I don’t agree. At all. Just curious who he overpaid for? Are you referring to Thomas? Seems like we were wrong 2 vezinas, a conn smyth, a Cup – and a legit chance for another deep this year. with a very trade-able 3m salary (if he wanted) in the offseason. Peverly is gonna be a 50 point guy at 3.2- which is not too bad either. So I ask- who are his bad contracts?

      • itsallniceonice - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Ehh I feel like he overpaid a little for Krejci. Granted they paid for his talents when the games really matter, like the playoffs where the kid is incredible, but he coasts way too much in the regular season for my tastes.

      • pepper2011 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        a little maybe, but he should get you 60+ pts. what’s he worth 4.5-4.75 add is playoff performance and he’s right there. Take a look at the other guys making 5m a year; he’s right there. Plekanec, Gionta, Kesler, Pominville- And yes Perry and Getzlaf are but so are Horcoff and Rolston.

    • odj810 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:21 AM

      i strongly disagree. He gets players well below there market. You think bergeron would only get 5m on the open market? especially after the season he’s having. He evaluates and pays a player before he breaks out. Boychuck is a good solid player who gets better every year. keep the core together and let the kids come up.

  5. govtminion - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    A lot of money, but a very solid D-man. One can do worse than to have a guy like this around- and if Hamilton is ready to go at some point, the trade value for a veteran defenseman like Boychuk is pretty solid. Look at all the teams right now that would love to have him- Flyers, Blackhawks, Capitals, all could use a guy like this.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      A lot of money, but look how much they’ve got to play with. In the short term, at least, it’s possible to keep him and still bring Hamilton up. Besides, it’s not like they couldn’t trade him with a deal like that. That’s a solid cap hit for a solid defender. If they really need to clear the space in future, there’ll be takers.

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