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Lucic signs three-year extension with Bruins

Milan Lucic was congratulated by teammate David Krejci after Lucic scored the game-winning goal in the third period against the Canadiens on Jan. 12, 2012, at TDGarden.

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Milan Lucic was congratulated by teammate David Krejci after Lucic scored the game-winning goal in the third period against the Canadiens on Jan. 12, 2012, at TDGarden.

Hard rock left winger Milan Lucic, with one year remaining on his current contract, has agreed to a three-year, $18 million extension. Lucic is entering the final season of his current deal, which averages $4.083 million annually.

In 2013-14, the first year of Lucic’s extension, the power forward will become the second-highest-paid player on the team. Zdeno Chara is the leader at just under $7 million annually.

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Lucic, age 24 and already a five-year NHL veteran, would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014 under the league’s current collective bargaining agreement.

Earlier this week, the Bruins inked second-year forward Tyler Seguin to a six-year extension at an average $5.75 million per season. The deal came only days after Brad Marchand, also with a year remaining on his contract, signed a four-year extension worth a total of $18 million.

Meanwhile, with the current CBA to expire this evening, the league and the players’ union remain at loggerheads over many key economic issues--including the league’s desire to place limitations on the term length of player contracts. Absent an unexpected 11th-hour turnround, Commissioner Gary Bettman will impose the third lockout of his tenure, which began at the start of 1993.

In an eight-day span, the Bruins have committed $70.5 million in total future salary to Lucic, Seguin, and Marchand.

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