McAvoy signs eight-year, $76 million contract with Bruins


Charlie McAvoy signed an eight-year, $76 million contract with the Boston Bruins on Friday. It has an average annual value of $9.5 million.

The 23-year-old defenseman, who could have become a restricted free agent after this season, is in the final year of a three-year contract he signed with the Bruins on Sept. 15, 2019.

“We value him, both as a player and as a person,” general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday. “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 scored 30 points (five goals, 25 assists) and led the Bruins in average ice time per game (24:00) and total ice time (1,223:47) in 51 games last season. He had a plus-22 rating and finished fifth in voting for the Norris Trophy, awarded to the best defenseman in the NHL.

“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.”

Selected by Boston with the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, McAvoy has scored 122 points (24 goals, 98 assists) in 235 regular-season games and 32 points (five goals, 27 assists) in 65 Stanley Cup Playoff games. staff writer Amalie Benjamin contributed to this report

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