BOLTON, Mass. -- After signing forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension last Friday, could the Boston Bruins be close to a deal with another one of their young stars?
At the team’s annual golf tournament on Monday, winger Tyler Seguin, who is set to become a restricted free agent after the upcoming season, told the media that he’s been in discussions with the team about a contract extension and that the talks are “looking good.”
At the recent press conference to announce the signing of forward Brad Marchand to a four-year contract extension, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged he was talking to other restricted and unrestricted free agents about new deals.
“There’s been discussions,” said Seguin, who also said the talks began when the 2011-12 season ended. “It’s looking good, and I’m looking forward to hopefully playing in Boston for many years. I want to stay here and start a life here. That’s what I’m looking for.”
Already this offseason, two players that were selected in the same draft as Seguin -- Taylor Hall (Oilers, seven years at $6 million per season) and Jeff Skinner (Hurricanes, six years, $5.75 million per) – have inked long-term extensions, something Seguin is clearly interested in doing.
After just 11 goals and 22 points in his rookie season, Seguin had a breakout sophomore campaign leading the team in goals with 29 and points with 67. He’s hoping to improve on those numbers this season in the NHL, but if there is a lockout, Seguin has said he would think about playing in a different league.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m headed to New York for two days to see what’s going on and then talk to my agent a bit more. Obviously I want to be playing hockey, NHL first, and then I’ve thought about AHL, thought about going overseas, but nothing I can confirm on right now.”
If the current collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15, there will be a freeze on all player personnel transactions.