His big payday is still three years away, presumably, but Charlie McAvoy did OK for himself.
The defenseman finalized a three-year deal that carries a $4.9 million average annual value, the Bruins confirmed. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, who first reported the deal, the pact is backloaded to guarantee him a $7.3 million qualifying offer at the end of the deal. He’ll have two years left of restricted free agency after this deal is complete.
McKenzie also reported that McAvoy received signing bonus money (i.e. lockout protection) in the first two years of the deal.
When Zach Werenski signed his three-year, $15 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets last Monday, it appeared as though the B’s and McAvoy had their template from which to work, and that seems to be the case.
McAvoy joined his teammates for the second practice session on Sunday at Warrior Arena.
With McAvoy in the fold, general manager Don Sweeney can now set his focus on his lone unsigned restricted free agent, defenseman Brandon Carlo.