McQuaid/By S. Bradley

Talk about living the dream.

The past month couldn’t have gone better for Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

First the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. Then he gets to row a boat with Kate Middleton as a passenger. And today he signs a three-year contract extension with the Bruins.

According to, the deal is worth a total of $4.7 million for a cap hit of $1,566,667 per season. The extension will begin in the 2012-13 season.

McQuaid emerged as a solid top-six defenseman last season, and even picked up some top-four minutes during stretches when the Bruins were hit by injuries. He finished with 3-12-15 totals in 67 regular-season games. Plus he recorded 12 fighting majors.

In addition to his role as a solid player, McQuaid also boasts the team’s best nickname — “Darth Quaider.” It was coined by teammate Andrew Ference. He also sports the best head of hair not just on the Bruins but maybe the entire NHL.

With the signing of McQuaid, the Bruins now have four of their veteran defensemen signed beyond the 2011-12 season (and the end of the current Collective Bargainin Agreement). Ference, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg are also signed at least that long. Joe Corvo and Johnny Boychuk are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents after the upcoming season.

McQuaid and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli were scheduled to hold a conference call tonight, when McQuaid undoubtedly talked about how much he loves Boston and being a Bruin, and Chiarelli talked about how well McQuaid has developed and how this was a good time to the deal done with a young defenseman.