The Boston Bruins have made a commitment to one of their young defensemen.
The team announced Friday it has signed Jeremy Lauzon to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension. The 22-year-old defenseman will have an annual salary cap hit of $850,000. He would have been a restricted free agent this summer without an extension.
Lauzon made his NHL debut last season and played 16 games for the Bruins. He's played in seven games for Boston this season, tallying one goal and 10 shots with an average ice time of 14:25 per contest.
The Bruins selected him in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney should be a busy man ahead of the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline. He also has a busy summer ahead with more defensemen to consider re-signing. Veteran blueliners Torey Krug and Kevan Miller both are eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, while Matt Grzelcyk and prospect Jakob Zboril are able to become a restricted free agents at that time.