The Boston Bruins offered defenseman Charlie McAvoy an eight-year contract extension worth a total of $ 76 million on Friday.
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As reported by Sportsnet, this is the largest amount awarded for a cartel by the Massachusetts organization in its history.
The agreement that will begin in 2022-2023 will bring in $ 9.5 million annually behind the 23-year-old. In addition, he earned $ 26.5 million in signing bonuses. A complete non-movement clause will also be valid from July 1, 2025 to May 31, 2028.
“We have a high regard for [McAvoy] both as a player and as a person, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney told the NHL website on Wednesday. He is growing in his role as a leader and we hope he will reach his full potential as a player and as a leader. ”
“Charlie kissed Boston,” said team president Cam Neely. He loves the city, the sporting environment and our fans. ”
The Long Beach, NY, full-back has unmistakably become the team’s No. 1 defenseman in recent seasons. In the recent campaign, he averaged 24 minutes per game, recording 30 points in 51 games while maintaining a +22 rating.
Complex situation among the Bruins
With this new contract awarded to McAvoy, Sweeney will have to carefully manage the franchise’s salary structure over the next few years. He will notably have to find common ground with his current captain, Quebecer Patrice Bergeron, with about $ 12 million of space under his spending pool at the end of the season. Then, the following year, star winger David Pastrnak will certainly be entitled to an increase from the $ 6,666,667 million he commands, as he has established himself as one of the most dominant forwards on the Bettman Tour.
Selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2016 draft, McAvoy quickly established himself as the defenseman of the future with the “Oursons”. In 235 National League games, he has 24 goals and 98 assists for 122 points.