The Bruins have signed F Jason Allison to a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Boston through next season.

GM Harry Sinden did not reveal contract terms yesterday.

Allison, 24, is the team's No. 3 scorer this season with 10 goals and 18 assists in 35 games. But he has been hampered by a torn tendon in his wrist that has forced him to miss five games and led him to consider season-ending surgery.

Although Allison has not made a decision on when to have the surgery, the extension was expected to convince him to finish the season before being treated.

The surgery would require up to four months of rehabilitation.

Allison has led the Bruins in scoring in each of his two full seasons with the team.

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