– With the exception of four games with the Colorado Avalanche his rookie season, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk
hasn’t played anywhere else other than Boston – and quite frankly that’s the only place he wants to play.
Prior to Tuesday’s 3-0 loss against the New York Rangers, the team announced they signed Boychuk to a three-year extension.
“I’m obviously happy,” Boychuk said. “It wasn’t really a big secret I wanted to stay here so, I’m just excited I guess. [The Bruins are] physical, it’s a fast paced game, you work as a team and we have a lot of chemistry here.”
The deal also includes a restricted no-trade clause, which Boychuk said he requested to ensure he stayed here.
Boychuk was so sure he wanted to stay here, he said there wasn’t any need to test the free agent market at the end of the season.
“Boston as a city is probably the best place to play I think, even though I haven’t really played anywhere else,” he said. “The fans are just so into it, they’re always cheering – sold out every night. Why wouldn’t you want to stay here?”
This season, Boychuk has three goals and seven assists in 53 games and a plus/minus rating of +22, which ranks 11th in the NHL.
In his first full season with the team last year, Boychuk scored three goals and a career-high 13 assists in 69 regular season games.
He also scored three goals and had six assists during the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run.
“I’m very happy he’s here,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
said. “He’s a great character player to have in the locker room and on the ice. He works hard every game and it’s great to have him here for another three years until the core group [is] locked up for a while.”
After the team’s loss to the Rangers, Head Coach Claude Julien talked about Boychuk’s assets, while highlighting his steady work ethic.
“I think we all like him, and that’s why he got extended with us,” Julien said. “We certainly didn’t want to lose him. He’s a great teammate – he plays hard every night.
"We like him, and his play and his demeanor and everything else just fits our group very well.”--- Anthony Gulizia