Boychuk Signs

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The Boston Bruins busy week continues.

Joe Haggerty is reporting confirmation that Johnny Boychuk has signed a two-year contract extension with the B’s for $3.75 million. The signing was seemingly made possible, and one could argue necessary, by the trade of Dennis Wideman this week and it avoids letting the blossoming 26 year old defenseman go to unrestricted free agency on July 1st.

Boychuk showed marked improvement all season and, when paired with Zdeno Chara when Dennis Seidenberg went down late in the year and into the playoffs, became an ongoing physical and offensive force. With a salary cap hit of only $1.8 per season and that sort of potential upside, it becomes a key, smart signing for the Bruins. It’s also evident that the team was a very attractive spot for Boychuk, perhaps something we can attribute to the agressive approach the new regime is showing this off-season.

All good signs leading up to tomorrow’s crucial Entry Draft and the free agency period beginning next week.

Elsewhere, the Sharks kept another talented potential free agent out of the market when they re-signed Patrick Marleau to a four year extension. Teammate Joe Pavelski, a restricted free agent, was also re-signed.

This week has not been disappointing in term of action, has it? Chicago’s wheeling and dealing as they battle the salary cap. Coaches coming and going, signings, trades, Awards and, of course, a monster of a draft coming up to close out the week.

I’m having fun, in case you haven’t noticed.

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