Milan Lucic, the Bruins’ popular and bruising third-year forward, has agreed to a three-year extension with the club through the 2012-13 season, according to the team.
The deal is worth $12.25 million, giving Lucic a $4,083,333 annual cap hit. Lucic will be paid $4 million in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and $4.25 million, including a $1 million signing bonus, in 2012-13. Lucic will still be a restricted free agent at the end of the contract.
“I’m not surprised,” said one agent. “I thought it would be between $4 and $4.5. He brings intangibles far beyond his numbers.”
Lucic and Chiarelli will hold a press conference to discuss the deal immediately following the team’s 10:30 a.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington tomorrow.
The 21-year-old Lucic set career highs in all major statistical categories last season, scoring 17 goals and adding 25 assists for 42 points. An aggressive checker and an outstanding fighter, he also tallied 136 penalty minutes and finished with a +17 rating. Last Saturday, Lucic bloodied Carolina’s Jay Harrison in a second-period bout. In the preseason, Lucic opened up Ottawa tough guy Chris Neil.
During the 2008-09 postseason, the 6-foot-3-inch, 228-pound winger had three goals and six assists and a team best +12 plus/minus rating in 10 games.
In his rookie year in 2007-08, Lucic registered 8-19=27 totals and 89 penalty minutes in 77 contests. Lucic earned the team’s “Seventh Player Award” for his efforts, an award voted on by the fans and given to the Bruin who performs above and beyond expectations. He also
contributed two goals in seven postseason games.
Lucic has skated in both games during the 2009-10 season and has one assist and five penalty minutes.
He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the second round (50th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.