Johnny Boychuk and the New York Islanders have agreed on a long-term contract extension that ensures that two of the club's top defensemen will stick together well after the team locates to Brooklyn next season.
Boychuk received a seven-year deal Thursday, as Nick Leddy did late last month. Boychuk's contract is worth $42 million, slightly higher than Leddy's deal for $38.5 million.
Both players were acquired by the Islanders in trades Oct. 4, just before this season. Boychuk came from Boston, and Leddy from Chicago.
This deal keeps the 31-year-old Boychuk from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer and under contract through the 2021-22 season. Leddy, 23, could have been a restricted free agent.
Boychuk's salary-cap charge will rise from $3.367 million to $6 million.
Bruins 3, Lightning 2 - Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored shootout goals to lift host Boston past Tampa Bay.
The Bruins beat the Lightning for the 10th straight time, the longest active slide for a Boston opponent.
Penguins 6, Oilers 4 - Steve Downie and Patric Hornqvist scored just over a minute apart late in the third period as Pittsburgh held on at home.
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