Some big news came out today from the city of Boston. The Boston Bruins have secured their franchise-altering defenseman for the foreseeable future. Charlie McAvoy has been a fan favorite in Boston ever since his debut in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The pairing of Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy is still one of the most iconic pairings in recent memory. Mcavoy has proved he can be in the conversations for the top defensemen in the league. His play speaks for itself and the Bruins have noticed. His play has also earned him a huge new contract.
The highest-paid Bruin on this team was Patrice Bergeron. He rightfully earned his spot at the top as he is the captain and the anchor of this team. There is a new player on top of the standings for their pay. Charlie McAvoy has signed an eight-year extension with the Bruins. This contract will see McAvoy earn an average of $9.5 million per season. This contract may seem a little high for most people, but this contract is worth every penny for the player in Charlie McAvoy.
Good news for the B’s and Charlie McAvoy. Eight years, AAV of $9.5M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 15, 2021
Charlie McAvoy might be one of the best two-way defensemen in the league. His ability to play in every situation on the ice makes him an instant number one defensemen. He is on the top defense pairing, number one power-play unit, and the number one penalty kill unit. That is flexibility at its finest. McAvoy can also put up some big-time points when needed.
In four seasons with the Bruins, McAvoy has put up 24 goals and 98 assists for 122 points in 235 games played. In 65 playoff games, McAvoy has five goals and 27 assists for 32 points. Over his career, McAvoy has posted a +80 +/- rating and has racked up 177 penalty minutes. McAvoy isn’t afraid to throw the body and get physical. He can deliver a crushing hit that can change the entire mood of a game. Just ask Jordan Staal.
Game-Changing Play Style
Charlie McAvoy is not the type of defenseman Bruins fans are used to seeing. Usually, a defenseman in Boston is either strictly about defense or favors in his offense. McAvoy is the perfect blend of offensive and defensive production. He can move the puck up the ice almost as good as any superstar forward can. He can gain the zone to give his forwards a chance to make a play happen. You just don’t find that in this day with a lot of denfnsemen.
The kid also has one hell of a shot. Whether it is a wrist shot or a slap shot, McAvoy can bring it. His skating ability gives him the opportunity to join the attack and still manage to get back on defense if the play breaks down. He has an amazing hockey IQ and makes any player around him better. He credits that to what he learned from Zdeno Chara in his time with McAvoy in Boston. Charlie McAvoy is tough as nails, he isn’t afraid to step up for his teammates, and he can provide offense when needed. That is the type of defensemen I would want on my team. That is why McAvoy is worth every penny on this contract. With the salary cap bound to go up in the future, this deal may be a steal if McAvoy continues to improve on his already impressive game.
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