TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Bruins and defenseman Johnny Boychuk have come to terms on a three-year extension that will keep him in Boston through the 2014-15 season. McKenzie stated the deal is expected to be worth an average of $3.36 million.
Boychuk, 28, is in his third full year in Boston and his fourth with the organization overall. He was acquired in a 2008 trade with the Colorado Avalanche, who selected him 61st overall back in 2002.
Consistenly Zdeno Chara's partner on Boston's top pairing, Boychuk has three goals and seven assists through 52 games. His plus-23 rating is currently the eighth-best mark among all NHL players.
The cap hit comes as a big surprise to many, as the hard-hitting rearguard currently clocks in at $1.87 million on the books. Boychuk's new deal will see him receive a nearly 80 percent raise.
Among players currently signed for the 2012-13 campaign, Boychuk will have the second-highest salary among defensemen, slightly edging out Dennis Seidenberg ($3.25 million) and only trailing the Bruins captain, Chara ($6.91 million).