NHL notes: Bruins sign Tyler Seguin to six-year extension

Tyler Seguin signed a six-year extension on Tuesday after netting 29 goals and 38 assists in 81...

Tyler Seguin signed a six-year extension on Tuesday after netting 29 goals and 38 assists in 81 games with the Bruins last season. (Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency/Files)

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BOSTON - Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin signed a six-year contract extension Tuesday worth $34.5 million.

Seguin, 20, had 29 goals and 38 assists in 81 games with the Bruins last season, his second in the NHL.

"We're very happy that we've got a commitment from Tyler, we're obviously prepared to commit to him," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said during a conference call. "He's a young, exciting player. He's maturing before our eyes, and I feel that with the hard work that he's shown us and the willingness to put in that hard work and continue to improve, I think the sky is the limit for Tyler. Part of this business is projecting, and we're projecting Tyler to be a terrific young player."

The all-star's contract averages $5.74 annually and extends through 2018-19, the Bruins said. He still has one year remaining on his entry-level contract.

Drafted second overall in 2010, Seguin had 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games as a rookie.

CROSBY JUST WANTS TO PLAY

Sidney Crosby is a man of few words when it comes to a potential NHL work stoppage.

The only two words he wants to hear are tried and true in Canada -- game on.

The thought of not being on the ice later this month for training camp is being pushed aside as the Pittsburgh Penguins captain focuses on getting ready for the 2012-13 season, which could start late. The league could lock out the players on Saturday if a new collective agreement is not reached before then.

"Don't even want to think about it," Crosby told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I want to play."

Should the lockout actually happen -- most are predicting it will -- and the season is delayed, Crosby says he will consider playing in Europe. Despite the assertions of Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin that Crosby is considering playing in the KHL, he hasn't actually decided what he will go if NHL games are washed out.

"Nothing is set in stone," Crosby said.

Malkin, though, is expected to play in the KHL if the NHL season is delayed or cancelled.

KHL ADDS RULES

The KHL won't welcome every locked out NHL player if it comes down to that.

The Russia-based league announced changes to its regulations about signing players with NHL contracts for the duration of any lockout. The KHL's rules will become effective on the day the NHL announces a lockout, according to Yahoo! Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov.

KHL teams can add no more than three NHL player and must be included on the 25-man roster.

Only one of the three can be a foreign-born player who meets one of the additional criteria: must have played more than 150 NHL games the last three seasons; must have previously played in the KHL; must have played for a national team at worlds, world juniors or Olympics; or is a winner or finalist of the Stanley Cup or an individual, end-of-season award.

KHL teams outside of Russia, though, may have more than one foreign-born player among the defecting NHLers.

An interesting addition is that NHL players can only be paid 65% of their NHL salary, which could prevent a mass exodus.

The Swedish Elite League has already indicated it will not sign locked-out NHLers unless they sign for the entire season.

PRONGER BEING TESTED

Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger will stop by the team's practice facility for medical tests next week.

Pronger, who missed most of the 2011-12 season due to post-concussion syndrome, will not skate during his visit to Voorhees, N.J., according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The 37-year-old defenceman is still experiencing headaches.

While the concussion was Pronger's major injury last season, he also missed six games due to an eye problem and had surgery on his left knee in November. In 13 games, he had one goal and 11 assists.

GABORIK ON MEND

New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik skated with his teammates Tuesday but is still a long way from being healthy enough to play.

Gaborik had surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder on June 6 and isn't expected to be cleared for action until at least late November. Still, he says he's "very happy with the progress" he's made during rehab.

"Everything has gone as planned," Gaborik said on NHL.com. "I can feel the difference now and I can feel that it's getting better, so that's the most important thing. I am trying to build up my conditioning, and am trying to keep strengthening my shoulder, that's the biggest part to get power and strength back. It is progressing as planned, so I am happy."

Gaborik, who started skating again three weeks ago, had 41 goals and 35 assists in 82 games with the Rangers last season.

'HAWKS INK ROZIE

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed free-agent defenceman Michal Rozsival to a one-year contract reported to be worth $2 million.

Rozsival, 34, had one goal and 12 assists and was a plus-eight in 54 games last season with the Phoenix Coyotes. The native of the Czech Republic played effectively during the playoffs before being injured by Dustin Brown on a knee-on-knee hit late in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.


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