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Charlie McAvoy Remains a Boston Bruin
There were reports over the last couple of days that the Bruins and McAvoy’s camp were inching closer to a new deal. President Cam Neely said as much on Wednesday when asked about McAvoy’s contract being up at the end of the season.
“We’re going to hopefully get Charlie McAvoy done here shortly. … [general manager] Don [Sweeney] and [assistant GM] Evan [Gold] have been working with Charlie’s camp the last couple of days,” President Cam Neely said to reporters. “So my hopes are we’ll see something here in short order, but you never know until it’s signed on the dotted line.”
Well, Neely was not too far off as the Bruins get the deal done with McAvoy prior to the Bruins taking to the ice for the first game of the 2021-22 NHL season. McAvoy was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season. He signed a three-year deal back in September of 2019. He was due for pay raise and he got with his new deal. The Bruins selected McAvoy in the first round (14th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Even though he grew a Rangers fan, he played college hockey at Boston University, he has been a staple on the Bruins blueline ever since debuting during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In 235 career games, he has recorded 122 points (24 goals and 98 assists) averaging about 30 points in his four full seasons in the league. In 65 playoff games, he recorded 32 points (five goals and 27 assists).
The Bruins have locked up their number one defenceman to a long-term deal. He has been the anchor of their top pairing for the past four seasons. He has only gotten better despite not having Zdeno Chara on his side. Now with Derek Forbort on his left side, he will only make him better. Not only that, McAvoy with his play will certainly be a Norris Trophy winner sooner rather than later.
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