The Boston Bruins announced on Wednesday that they extended defenseman Brandon Carlo’s contract. The contract extension is reportedly for six years with an annual cap hit of $4.1 million.

“The Bruins are very pleased to have extended Brandon on a long-term deal,” said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. “Brandon is a player who has grown into a foundational defenseman with our team while also emerging as an important leader on and off the ice.”

Carlo played in just 27 games in the 2020-21 season since he accrued an upper-body injury on a high hit from Tom Wilson in early March. Due to his small sample size, Carlo finished with just three goals and four points. In his career for the Bruins, however, he’s gotten 15 goals and 55 points in 324 games.

The 2015 second-round pick has been healthy and available to play in every season besides 2020-21. Carlo played in all 82 games as a rookie and the fewest he had played before last year was in 2019-20, when he played in 67 games. Carlo’s availability may have been a key factor to his contract extension as the team struggled to stay healthy in the playoffs this year.

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