The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a three-year contract extension worth $10.1 million.
''Johnny really wanted to stay here. I think that's the overriding theme,'' general manager Peter Chiarelli said before Tuesday night's game against the New York Rangers. ''He has obviously been a good performer for us. ... He's a Bruin type of player - physical, and yet he can score the shot, and he's a punishing player. He chose not to test the market, which was nice for us, and we have him under contract for three more years.''
Boychuk, 28, has three goals and seven assists in 52 games this season and is second among Bruins defensemen with a plus-23 rating. He will earn $3.1 million, $3.4 million and $3.6 million over the next three years; he also gets a limited no-trade clause.
He would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
''I would think that Johnny, if he had gone to the market, he could have gotten more,'' Chiarelli said. ''The grass is not a...