There are two ways the Bruins and restricted free agent Charlie McAvoy can end their current contract inertia and get the restricted free agent into the fold in time for training camp.
Neither option will help the Bruins have salary-cap flexibility without making an additional move (especially once Boston also re-signs Brandon Carlo). But one of the options would at least give the Bruins cost certainty well into the next decade.
As you can see in this tweet from @BruinsCapSpace on Twitter, the trend for defensemen in McAvoy’s position has been to sign a long-term deal.
(It should be noted that Dumba’s contract was a third deal of his career, Trouba is actually up to his fourth contract.)
Some of these contracts were signed after two years of NHL experience with the player entering the last year of his three-year entry-level deal, including Girard’s recent extension with Colorado.
McAvoy’s going to turn 22 in December, and he has two full seasons of NHL experience. His contract expired because he burned a year playing in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.