Bruins give defenseman Charlie McAvoy an 8-year, $76M contract

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Jun 7, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates the puck during the third period of game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to an eight-year, $76 million extension, multiple outlets reported Friday.

The deal, reportedly the largest in franchise history, includes an average annual value of $9.5 million and $26.5 million in signing bonuses. It keeps the former first-round pick in Boston through the 2029-30 season.

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Bruins sign Charlie McAvoy

McAvoy, 23, will receive a $6 million salary with an additional $3.25 million signing bonus in 2021-22.

Per Bob McKenzie here is the salary structure (salary/signing bonus):

  • 22-23: 6M/3.25M
  • 23-24: 7.75M/3.25M
  • 24-25: 8.5M/3M
  • 25-26: 8.5M/3M
  • 26-27: 6M/4M
  • 27-28: 3.75M/4M
  • 28-29: 4.5M/3M
  • 29-30: 4.5M/3M

He opens his fifth season with Boston on Saturday night against the visiting Dallas Stars.

“We value him, both as a player and as a person,” GM Don Sweeney said yesterday. “He’s growing into a leadership role. He’s been included in that leadership group and hopefully that’s an indication that Charlie’s growing into the person, both as a leader and as a player, that we hoped he would be.”

McAvoy registered five goals and 25 assists in 51 games in 2020-21, finishing with a plus-22 plus/minus.

He has 122 points (24 goals, 98 assists) and a plus-80 plus/minus with 177 penalty minutes in 235 games since the Bruins selected him with the 14th overall pick in 2016.

Bruins worked at it hard since Wednesday

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Sep 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) skates with the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins president Cam Neely told reporters on Wednesday that they were optimistic in a new deal for defenseman, Charlie McAvoy.

“Charlie, he’s embraced Boston. He went to college here (Boston University),” Bruins president Cam Neely said Wednesday. “I think he likes the city, loves the sports environment, loves our fan base. Playing in front of a packed house every night is certainly something special.

Head coach Don Sweeney echoed the same sentiments. “We’d like to have Charlie signed,” he said. “We’d like to have Charlie as a member of the organization for quite some time.”

This was the final season of his deal that comes with an AAV of $4.9M.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report.