With the Boston Bruins signing Brad Marchand to a four year contract extension worth $18 million, look for them to now set their sights on locking up Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic for the long term as well. Both Seguin and Lucic have one year remaining on their current deals – like Marchand before his extension – before they become restricted free agents.
The goal is to sign both players to long term deals before the current NHL collective bargaining agreement expires one week from today on September 15.
The bar has already been set for both Seguin and Lucic, as players who are similar in either age or from the same draft class have already inked deals. In Seguin’s case both sides will look to the deals recently signed by Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers and Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Panthers.
Hall, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, signed a seven year deal worth $42 million to remain with the Oilers, while Skinner, who was the No. 7 player drafted that year, signed a six year extension worth $34 million.
Seguin, the No. 2 pick in that same draft class, should fall somewhere in between the deals signed by Hall and Skinner.
As for Lucic, many people around the league are pointing to the deal signed by Scott Hartnell with the Philadelphia Flyers. This offseason, the Flyers inked Hartnell to a six year extension worth a little over $28 million. Lucic could command a similar deal with the Bruins, although there does not appear to be quite the same level or urgency in locking up Lucic before the September 15 CBA deadline as there does Seguin.
Either way, regardless of whether or not Seguin, Lucic, both or neither sign an extension before next Saturday, you can expect that they remain with the Bruins for the foreseeable future.