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Bruins sign D McAvoy for 3 years, $14.7M

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BOSTON (AP) Charlie McAvoy finally made it to training camp, and the Boston Bruins greeted him with a hearty stick tap salute.

"I didn't want that," he said sheepishly on Sunday after returning to the defending Eastern Conference champions for a $14.7 million, three-year deal. "I'm just glad to be back. Tomorrow, hopefully I won't get a stick tap and I'll just be one of the guys again."

A 21-year-old defenseman who has already grown into one of the Bruins' top blue liners, McAvoy is signed through at least 2021-22. Although negotiations stretched into training camp, which started on Thursday, he said he never wanted to play anywhere else.

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