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Friday, 12 July 2013 17:26

Boston Bruins ink Patrice Bergeron to eight-year extension

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(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON—The Boston Bruins have announced the signing of forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension through the 2021-22 campaign. He will make $6,500,000 per year.

The Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks marked the end of what had been a very stellar year for Bergeron. In 42 regular season games, he tallied 10 goals (tied for fourth on the team in that category) and 22 assists for 32 points (tied for third on the team). He also was stellar in the faceoff circle, winning 62.1 % of the draws he took.

In the playoffs, he was very dependable as well tallying nine goals (tied for first on the team and second in the NHL) and six assists for 15 points which put him third on the team and fifth in the NHL in that regard. Two of his goals in the postseason were of the game-winning variety, one being the clincher in the overtime of Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Quarterfinal and the other being the conclusion to the team’s game three win in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final.

Bergeron did manage to take home some hardware however as he won the King Clancy Trophy, which according to the team’s official press release “is awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

Since breaking into the league in 2003, he has made his presence known, notching 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points and 160 penalty minutes in 579 games. Throughout his postseason career he has been dependable as well, registering 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points in 83 games. Five of those goals have been game-winners.

He has been an asset to the Bruins from the get-go. His leadership and quiet but firm demeanor have served the team well over the past couple of seasons.  Signing him to a long-term deal was a great move by the Bruins and there is a good chance that the deal will “pay for itself” in no time.