Bruins, forward Milan Lucic agree to three-year extension
Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Bruins have locked up their third young forward hours before the likely start of the NHL lockout, signing Milan Lucic to a three-year, $18 million extension.
Lucic has one year remaining on his current contract and the new deal kicks in after this season, running through 2015-16, with an average salary of $6 million.
“I’ve spent five great years here in Boston, and I’ve really embraced this city and the Boston Bruins and they’ve embraced me,” Lucic said. “I’m really excited for this, and I’m happy to be remaining a Bruin. There’s no other team in the NHL I’d rather play for. Like I said, I’m real excited about this opportunity and happy this deal got done.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Lucic had 26 goals in his fifth season with the Bruins. His point total (61) was one point off his career-high total in the Bruins’ championship season of 2010-11.
He has skated in 359 games with the Bruins, recording 90 goals and 122 assists for 212 points with 525 penalty minutes and a plus-43 rating.
Before signing Lucic, the Bruins inked 20-year-old Tyler Seguin to a six-year extension that will average $5.75 million per season and 24-year-old Brad Marchand to a four-year deal that averages $4.5 million per season.
“He marks the end of three signings that we’ve done over a couple of weeks and very happy to have completed them, with Milan being the last one for now,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said.
“I think it shows commitment from Milan, the other players that we’ve talked about previously, and commitment from our owner, Mr. Jeremy Jacobs, and Charlie Jacobs. So a good day for us amidst other things, but happy to have Milan in the mix for four more years — one more under the current contract and three under the new contract,” he added.