Bruins Offseason 2012: Milan Lucic Signs 3-Year Contract Extension

Boston Bruins have waved four players, one day after re-signing Tyler Seguin.

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Milan Lucic Signs With Bruins For 3 Years, $18 Million

The Boston Bruins have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with Milan Lucic, according to a WEEI report. Lucic will earn $18 million dollars over the three years, making Lucic the highest paid forward on the Bruins.

The Bruins and Lucic had until 12 a.m. Sunday to reach an agreement. Once the NHL's second lockout in the last seven years begins, teams will be unable to sign players to contracts.

Lucic was set to hit restricted free agency following the 2012-13 season, but that's no longer the case. Lucic is now under contract with the Bruins for the next four seasons.

Lucic enjoyed a successful 2011-12 campaign, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 35. Lucic had his breakout year in 2010-11, helping lead the Bruins capture the Stanley Cup. In 2010-11, Lucic scored 30 goals and notched 32 assists.

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Bruins Offseason 2012: Boston Places Four Players On Waivers

The Boston Bruins have put four players on waivers -- center Trent Whitfield, forward Jamie Tardif, defenseman Garnet Exelby and center Christian Hanson - TSN's Bob McKenzie is reporting. The news comes just a day after the organization announced it was signing forward Tyler Seguin to a six-year extension worth about $34.5 million.

Whitfield appeared in only one game for the Bruins last season after two years with minor league Providence. Tardiff, also a teammate in Providence has never appeared in a NHL game but signed a two year deal with the Bruins following the 2009-'10 season. Exelby was a longtime starter for the Atlanta Thrashers who most recently played with Detroit minor league affiliate Grand Rapids. Hanson - son of "Slap Shot" start Dave Hanson - bounced around with Toronto and their minor league teams before signing a one-year deal with Boston in July.

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Center Brad Marchand Signs $18M Extension With Boston Bruins

The Bruins and Brad Marchand have agreed to terms for a contract extension that will keep the center in Boston through the 2016-2017 season. The Halifax native will receive $4.5 million per year, which is $2 million better than his previous contract. The new deal will begin during the 2012-13 NHL season.

Marchand scored a career-high 28 goals last season, just one less than team-leader Tyler Seguin. Playing in 76 games for the Bruins, his plus-31 rating was good for fifth in the league. Marchand was particularly instrumental in Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup run, when the then-rookie contributed 11 goals and eight assists in 25 postseason games on the road to the championship.

Marchand was selected in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins.

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Bruins Offseason 2012: Boston Not Interested In Rick Nash Or Bobby Ryan; Sign Aaron Johnson

The Boston Bruins offseason seems to have hit a lull, and fans should expect it to stay that way. According to's hockey guru Jimmy Murphy, sources are telling him the Bruins are not in the Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan sweepstakes and aren't willing to deal David Krejci and Milan Luci.

It seems after swinging and missing on Zach Praise, who elected to return home to the Minnesota Wild during the early part of free agency, the Bruins are ok with their roster and just want to add depth -- which they did Wednesday when they signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Last season, Johnson played 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he tallied 13 assists and 16 points.

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Tim Thomas To Take 2012-13 Season Off, Announcement Made Via Facebook

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has always had one of the most outspoken Facebook pages for an athlete, and on Sunday the world-class netminder decided to use the social media forum to announce his one-year leave from the NHL.

In a Facebook post, Thomas announce his plans to take a year off from the game and begin focusing on other more personal things in his life.

From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible.

The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's.

Friends, Family, and Faith.

This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year.

Thomas' statement comes days after Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed he had talked with the goalie and there was a strong possibility Thomas would miss the 2012-13 season.

With Thomas "officially" gone, Boston will move on with goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Rask had been the backup for Thomas and saw a lot of action last season, while Khudobin played well in the AHL.

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