Peverley/By S. Bradley

By now you know that Rich Peverley has spurned unrestricted free agency next summer by signing a three-year extension with the Bruins today.

The veteran winger will reportedly be a cap hit of $3.25 million per season over the life of that deal.

You can read my NHL.com story on the deal.

Coming off an 18-goal season, the Bruins are going to need Peverley to build off last season and not have his production stagnate. He has credited the competition among the Bruins forwards for pushing him to be better than he was in Nashville and Atlanta, and he’s confident that will continue.

“I think the competition level in the dressing room is pretty high,” he said. “And we have so many guys competing for minutes, competing for spots. It pushes you as an individual but at the same time collectively it pushes everybody to become a better team.”

Among those guys competing are six other players who are scheduled to be unrestricted next summer — Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Johnny Boychuk, Joe Corvo and Chris Kelly. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli would not comment on any negotiations with those players’ representatives or those of restricted free agents David Krejci and Tuukka Rask.