The immediate future of the Bruins [team stats] is about as murky as it can get. But the club's long-term future, at least the one general manager Peter Chiarelli envisions, is sharply coming into focus.

With what looks like a certain NHL lockout looming on Saturday, Chiarelli signed Tyler Seguin to a long-term deal, his second young top six forward signed in two weeks. After inking Brad Marchand to a four-year, $18 million extension last week, Chiarelli and the B's came to terms with star-in-the-making Seguin on a six-year extension yesterday that will pay the youngster an annual average of $5.75 million.

"We're very happy we got a commitment from Tyler. We obviously were prepared to commit to him," said Chiarelli. "He's a young, exciting player. He's maturing before our eyes. I feel that with the hard work that he's shown us and the willingness to put in that hard work and continue to improve, I think the sky's the limit for Tyler."