Maneuvering their way around the NHL salary cap like a car on a stunt course, the Boston Bruins have agreed to contract terms with their 2010 first round draft pick Tyler Seguin, ESPN Boston is reporting Tuesday afternoon.
With little room to work with after last week's signing of Blake Wheeler to a one-year, $2.2 million deal, it is expected that the 18-year-old Seguin's contract will consist of the league maximum base salary of $900,000, with bonuses near the $3.75 million mark. Exact terms have yet to be announced by the Boston Bruins, but are expected to be by the end of the week.
The alleged contract seems to resemble the contract the Edmonton Oilers signed first-overall pick Taylor Hall to shortly after the late June NHL draft: maximum base salary with approximately $2.85 million in performance bonuses.
Seguin was a full participant in the Bruins' early July development camp, and many observers expect him to make the Bruins roster immediately. He played the past two years in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the Plymouth Whalers.