Boston Bruins extend Pavel Zacha taking him off the free agent board

Late Saturday night, the Boston Bruins re-signed Pavel Zacha with a nice four-year deal worth $19 million. The AAV on his new contract works out to be $4.75M.

Zacha, 25, is having a solid first year with the Bruins registering 25 points in 42 games this season. For his career, the forward has amassed 204 points in 428 contests split between the New Jersey Devils and Bruins.

Selected as the 6th overall pick in 2015 by the Devils, the 6-3 and 210 pound forward has fit in nicely on a very good Bruins squad.

Over the summer, the Bruins acquired Zacha from the Devils in exchange for Erik Haula. The restricted free agent had just wrapped up a deal for $2.25 million per season and was due for an increase.

The team avoided Zacha’s arbitration hearing with a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. They obviously like what he brings and awarded him with this extension.

“When I got the news that I’m going to be traded here in the summer, I was hoping that I’m going to show myself and will be able to be here for a long time,” Zacha said. “I’m happy that it happened. It’s a start. It’s my first season, and I have to show why I’m here and why I’m going to be here for a longer time. It’s just super exciting for me to be part of this.”