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Report: Patrice Bergeron could receive lengthy extension this summer

Jun 14, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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When jaw-punching wasn’t being discussed, TSN’s Insider Trading segment produced some intriguing reports on Friday, including word that the Boston Bruins hope to lock up Patrice Bergeron to a lengthy contract extension this summer.

Pierre LeBrun reports that it could be an eight-year deal for the 27-year-old whose current $5 million cap hit expires after the 2013-14 season.

Such a pact would keep the 2012 Selke Trophy winner (and 2013 nominee) in Beantown for the remainder of his prime years, if not the rest of his career.

Bergeron is currently on a four-game point streak (three goals and two assists) to go along with his renowned work in the faceoff circle and generally stout defensive play. Quite a few of his six postseason goals have been memorable, especially one that Toronto Maple Leafs fans are unlikely to forget.

The two-way center has a worrisome concussion history, but his versatile play is crucial to Boston’s success, so locking him up makes a lot of sense.

Even so, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli might have more immediate concerns this summer in the form of players with expiring contracts. Tuukka Rask will be a restricted free agent and Nathan Horton could command a big raise considering his playoff production and unrestricted status.

Check out the full TSN Insider Trading segment for more talk, including rumors about the future for Claude Giroux, Sergei Bobrovsky and Jonathan Bernier.

  1. spitfisher - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    and rightfully so, Bergeron should! The best 2 way player

  2. nunan - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    If this guy doesn’t deserve one of those mega long, rich contracts, nobody does.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Give him the contract and a C on his sweater.

    • gallyhatch - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      He will have that C once Z retires.

  4. itsallniceonice - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Hope so. Future captain of the Boston Bruins.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Sign him until that number hangs in the rafters

  6. vanindeed - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    He is the MVP of the Bruins

  7. bigbadbruins77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    he’s by far the MVP of the league, does EVERYTHING! Keep calm and Bergeron!

  8. titansbro - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Retire as a Bruin, only fitting.

  9. LampyB - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Rightfully deserving all they can offer. What i’m interested in is how much the B’s are willing to pay for horton. I have a feeling he leaves for the money. Good for him if it happens, hes a great player any team will value. Just wondering what chiarelli will do…

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      It’s tough. He’s playoff guy. Inconsistent during the regular season but turns in on come playoff time. A team who will make the playoffs regardless might value him more than a team that would need his production to get in the tournament.

      My 2 cents. As a Bruins fan, give me Bergeron and Rask before Horton.

      • 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        Much as I love Horton, I have to agree. Maybe consider trading/buying out Kelly and/or Peverly to clear space for resigning all three. Both overpaid for what they do. Horton, Bergeron and Rask are all far more important.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:20 AM

        @19to77, I agree! Plus Kelly and Pevs haven’t been scoring for the past year, I don’t know what gives, but at least Kelly wins FO and kills penalties. We have cheaper guys that are ready to step in; Sodoberg, Caron, Spooner, and Knight.

        Hoping Horty takes a home team discount, maybe bergie too.

  10. 1901wmadison - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    *Disclaimer – BlackhawkBlackhawk fan*

    Completely agree with all comments on here – dude is a beast. Him and Toews could’ve gone either way for the Selke. Horton is a great player tok – but if they can keep him and Rask they’ll be set up to compete for the next few years.

    Concussion issues aside, he plays when it matters and if the Bruins don’t pay him somebody else gladly will.

  11. nhstateline - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Patrice is a must sign. Between his contract and Rask’s, this means the Bruins are going to look a little different next year. Soderberg won’t just be a seldom seen phenomenon anymore, Caron’s on the team and so are a couple of other guys from a very good Providence team this year. Who goes: probably Ference and Horton and Jagr and Wade Redden and possibly a couple of trades (they can get something for Peverly and Kelly, no need to buy them out).

    • 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Kelly, I believe. Peverly… call me a skeptic. He’s never looked quite worth that contract value. Still, nothing’s impossible.

      • nhstateline - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        Peverly’s been on two Bruin teams that got to the Cup Final. That alone increases his value. Plus, they have to probably shed some salary but no specific one thus increasing their leverage in any individual deal. there’s no contract specifically that they can’t live with, just the number in total.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Bergeron is definitely a must sign, but he IS signed through next season.

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