Originally written August 22, 2012 on centericechat.com:

In case the Boston Bruins have not been paying much attention to some of the free agent signings and contract extension this offseason, they may want to tune in to what has happened in Carolina and Edmonton over the past couple of weeks. It is certainly going to affect them going forward, especially from a financial aspect. The Carolina Hurricanes signed Jeff Skinner to a six year contract extension worth roughly $34 million. And today, the Edmonton Oilers gave a seven year extension to Taylor Hall worth approximately $42 million. Both Skinner and Hall were two of the most productive picks in the 2010 NHL Draft. They were rewarded for their strong play during their first contracts, and they were able to turn in their strong performances into quite lucrative deals. For the Bruins, that means that Tyler Seguin will be awaiting your phone call. It is time to pay the man. Hall was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, while Skinner went off the boards at No. 7. Seguin was the second overall pick by the Bruins. These three players have clearly been the best of that draft class, while other teams are still waiting for their selections to pan out in the NHL. But with Skinner and Hall cashing in, that would lead to expectations that the Bruins will soon do the right thing and extend Seguin’s contract past his rookie deal. He is one of three players that Boston continues to build around in the future, and there is no way that they would ever let him get to the end of his first deal without offering a very attractive extension to one of the team’s best young players. While Skinner may not have been linked as much as Hall and Seguin have been since their days of playing against each other throughout the junior ranks, he has joined them as being the most productive players from their respective draft class. So while two have already cashed in, the third should not have to wait much longer. But with the September 15 NHL Lockout date looming as the previous collective bargaining agreement expires, there is a bit of urgency on both sides to get a deal done first, although a new CBA could affect Seguin more than the Bruins, as one of the sticking points is limiting the amount of players’ second contract earning potential.      

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