Seguin seems sure new deal with Bruins is on way

Seguin/By S. Bradley

BOLTON, Mass. — His fellow 2010 draftees Taylor Hall and Jeff Skinner have done it. His linemate Brad Marchand recently did it.

So it figures that Tyler Seguin signing a contract extension prior to the beginning of the last year of his current deal should be in the offing.

Today prior to teeing off at the Bruins’ charity golf tournament, Seguin seemed somewhat certain a contract would be agreed to soon. His body language told a lot more than his words, which were all positive.

“There’s been discussions. It’s looking good and I’m looking forward to hopefully playing in Boston for many years,” said Seguin.

The goal, of course, is to get a deal done before the current collective bargaining agreement expires. The new CBA could include clauses that limit the length of contract extensions and could include a salary cap that would make it tough for the Bruins to give out the same amount of money they would give Seguin under the current deal.

“It’d be nice,” said Seguin about beating the Sept. 15 deadline. “Again, they’ve been talking and it’s been all positive things so far, so we’ll see what happens.”

Edmonton’s Hall signed a seven-year deal worth $6 million per, while Skinner inked a six-year deal worth $5.725 per season. Marchand just signed with Boston at $4.5 million over four years.

Seguin, 20, says that contract or not, he’s been working out this summer as if there’s going to be a season. Right now there’s a strong possibility of a lockout. Should the owners lock out the players, Seguin might be forced to play overseas or he could wind up eligible to skate for Boston’s Providence (AHL) farm club.

“I’ve never experienced not playing, so I wouldn’t know,” he said. “I’ve been training all summer like there’s going to be a training camp and a season and that’s just been my mentality. Obviously I want to play hockey, I want to play NHL hockey No. 1. But if that doesn’t happen on time, I can’t say I know what I’m going to do yet.”

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