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August 10, 2012 | 10:32am ET
Skinner's new deal could help Seguin
TheFourthPeriod.com

Tyler Seguin's next contract could be similar to the six-year, $34.35 million deal Jeff Skinner signed this week with Carolina, Comcast Sportsnet New England reports.

Seguin, 20, is entering the last year of his entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins and could easily command a similar deal due to his impressive offensive numbers since his NHL debut.

If Seguin were to sign a deal in the $5.7 million per season range, he would become the Bruins' highest paid forward and second-highest paid player behind only captain Zdeno Chara.

While Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli could opt for a shorter deal, it would likely cost more money to keep Seguin in Beantown.

A new Collective Bargaining Agreement could trigger a few changes for young players like Seguin as the league is looking to make entry-level deals five years in length to prevent young players from demanding blockbuster contracts just a few years into their NHL careers.

Seguin is still expected to receive the kind of deal Skinner signed as the Bruins are likely to keep the talented forward for the foreseeable future.

In 81 games with the Bruins last season, Seguin collected 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points.

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