Just yesterday, Seguin told WEEI's DJ Bean that his contract negotiations were positive and that he hoped to get a deal done before the expiration of the NHL's current collective bargaining agreement. He achieved that goal, which is good because a new CBA--whenever the two sides can agree on one--may very well limit the length of contracts to something below what Seguin got.
His new contract, worth $34.5 million in total, has an average annual value of $5.75 million a season. Like Brad Marchand's recently-signed new deal, this will keep Seguin as part of the Bruins until he's closer to age 30 than to age 20.
I feel that it's a well-deserved boost for a player who really showed his value this season. After a breakout performance in the 2011 playoffs--remember that four-point second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning?--he completely avoided any idea of a sophomore slump. He led the team in goals and points, was one of six Bruins to put up more than 20 goals, had a +34 rating that was the second best in the NHL, seven game-winning goals, 15 points on the power play and his first career hat trick.
Plus, this summer, he got a puppy and an Olympic gold medal-winning admirer in Aly Raisman, who has congratulated him on his new deal--all this and he's still not old enough to legally drink in America yet.
In terms of contract length and value, Taylor Hall actually wins this round of the Taylor vs. Tyler rivalry: his deal is for seven years at $6 million per year. However, the Edmonton Oilers are in a different financial situation than the Bruins. I'm sure that both Hall and Seguin are pleased with their new contracts, anyway.
Now that Marchand and Seguin are both signed for a long time, only Patrice Bergeron needs a new deal to keep a very talented and productive forward line together. His contract doesn't expire until 2015, though, so there's a lot of time yet to figure out the specifics for him.
Seguin has said he wants to build a life in Boston. This new deal is another step in that direction for him. As a Bruins fan, I'm happy to hear he's going to stay with the team and help keep the band together for years to come.
Emma Harger is a Boston Bruins fan who always enjoys hearing NESN's Jack Edwards gushing over Seguin's talents and future potential. Now Edwards will get to gush for a long time!
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