Bruins, Boychuk agree to three-year extension

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In a deal first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, defenseman Johnny Boychuk has agreed to a three-year extension with the Boston Bruins worth $10.08 million.

The deal represents a significant raise and some stability for the 28-year-old blueliner. Boychuk was in the final year of a contract that paid him $2 million annually (the new one’s worth $3.36 million yearly.)

A second-round pick of the Avalanche in 2002, Boychuck struggled to find his niche until he was traded to the Bruins in 2008. Since then, Boychuck has been a vital contributor to the Boston blueline and was a key cog in last year’s Stanley Cup-winning squad, scoring 3G-6A-9PTS in 25 games.

The 6-foot-2, 225 lb. rearguard has three goals and seven assists and is plus-23 in 52 games this season, averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per night.