Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Johnny Boychuk Signs A Three-Year Extension With The Boston Bruins
This afternoon, the Boston Bruins locked up more of its young core as they signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year contract extension.
He'll earn $3.1 million, $3.4 million and $3.6 million over the next three seasons. The deal also includes a limited no-trade clause.
From ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald:
"Johnny really wanted to stay here and that's the over-riding theme," Chiarelli said. "He's obviously been a good performer for us. He's a big, strong and physical [defenseman].
"He's a Bruin-type of player. He's physical, yet he can score with his shot. He's a punishing player. He chose not to test the market, which was nice for us."
"It's nice that he signed," said Zdeno Chara, who is Boychuk's defensive partner. "He deserves that and he plays hard. It's great for him."
Drafted in 2002 by the Colorado Avalanche in the fourth round, Boychuk has spent all but four games of his NHL career in the Hub. He has gotten progressively better the last few seasons and at the moment, the 28-year-old native of Edmonton is having his best season yet. He has three goals, seven assists and he's +23 with an average of 20:31 time on ice per game.
Boychuk stepped his game up in the playoffs last season and he became one of the more dependable Bruins defensemen. He'll never put up a ton of points or make many flashy moves in the offensive zone but he's reliable, tough and smart. He's a prototypical Bruin and he deserves to play here for a while longer.