Despite having a short summer due to an extended playoff run, it’s also felt like a long summer due to the lack of progress with signings within the Bruins organization. The Bruins were not very active during free agency, and the biggest moves that were made were the disposition of players such as Marcus Johansson and Noel Acciari.
Although Johansson and Acciari were effective members of the Bruins squad, the organization has/had three signings that were the primary focus of the offseason – extending head coach Bruce Cassidy’s contract, extending Brandon Carlo, and extending stud defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
This week, the Bruins managed to lock-up Bruce Cassidy for a 3-4 year extension. And just when you were beginning to get a bit concerned with the likes of McAvoy and Carlo unsigned while training camp kicks off, the Bruins announced Sunday morning that McAvoy has officially signed a 3-year contract extension at a very affordable price tag.
This deal is the definition of a bridge deal – McAvoy is essentially betting on himself to earn a large contract after his remaining three years are completed. The contract works perfect for the Bruins current contending window – by the time McAvoy is due for an extension, expensive contracts such as the likes of David Backes, David Krejci, and others will be disposed of while the Bruins will begin signing larger tickets with their youth – such as Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Jack Studnicka, and more. Simply put, the idea is that while the Bruins have their veteran core in Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask, and more, the youth may need to take short-term cheap contracts while the window to win a Stanley Cup is still open.
Clearly McAvoy has bought into that. And that should really excite Bruins fans.