BOSTON – The Boston Bruins are keeping Pavel Zacha with the organization long-term.
The Bruins announced after Saturday night’s thrilling win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden that they have signed Zacha to a four-year, $4.75 million-a-year contract extension. Zacha is now under contract until the 2026-27 season.
Zacha signed a one-year deal with the Bruins last offseason after the franchise traded him to the New Jersey Devils after seven seasons. In 42 games with the Bruins thus far, the versatile forward has five goals and 20 assists for 25 points, plus 11 rebounds.
“When I got the news that they were going to trade me here in the summer, I was hoping to prove myself and be able to be here for a long time, and I’m glad that happened,” Zacha. said: “It’s a start, you know. This is my first season and I have to prove myself and show why I am here and why I will stay here longer. It’s just so exciting for me to be a part of this.”
Bruins general manager Don Swinney said the contract extension came quickly.
“I think we made it pretty clear when we first had the opportunity to bring Pavel on board that we thought highly of him and we hoped he would be a part of our future,” Sweeney said. “… With the situation, we found common ground pretty quickly on a one-year deal, and it kind of allowed us to explore at the right time.
“As you all know, every deal has its own idiosyncrasies and timelines, and we’re fortunate enough to come to an agreement fairly quickly and be happy. I’m certainly happy to have him as a part of our organization, not just this year, but moving forward.”