It was as an informal deadline that everyone knew the Bruins and Tyler Seguin wanted to avoid during contract negotiations.
With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire Sept. 15, Boston’s No. 2 overall draft pick from 2010 and the team wanted to make sure that they wouldn’t be affected by any new clauses in the forthcoming CBA.
So today, one day after Seguin played coy about negotiations before teeing off at the team’s charity golf tournament, the Bruins revealed a new six-year extension worth $5.75 million per season for the forward. Seguin’s deal kicks in for the 2013-14 season after he plays the last year of his initial NHL deal this season, assuming there is one.
Seguin’s deal is comparable to his two draft-mates, Taylor Hall (7 years, $6 million per) and Jeff Skinner (6 years, $5.725 million per). Both players signed their extensions this summer as well.
You can argue that these players with just two or three years NHL experience have no business earning such huge pay raises and lengthy deals. But that’s where the market stands, and that’s one of the reasons we’re about to witness another lockout. Owners can’t help themselves from giving out these ludicrous contracts and they need givebacks from the players and a systems that saves them from themselves in order to keep the multi-billion-dollar NHL cranking out cash.