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“I definitely feel it out there, especially when you get the puck early in the neutral zone,” Seguin said. “You look up and the D-men are already there. It’s a lot tighter space.
“But I feel a lot faster than I did, just because I’ve been skating so much over there. It’s such a big ice.”
This will be the last season of Seguin’s three-year entry-level contract, but he already has secured his next deal. On Sept. 11, 2012, four days before the lockout began, Seguin signed a six-year, $34.5 million extension.
In 2013-14, Seguin will earn $4.5 million, the fourth-highest salary among Bruins forwards. The Bruins were firm on that number.
But by 2018-19, the final year of his deal, Seguin will make $6.5 million. That would make him the team’s highest-paid player. By then, when Seguin is 27, the Bruins project the forward will have earned that distinction.