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Patrice Bergeron agrees to eight-year, $52 million extension

Jul 12, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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Patrice Bergeron will be a member of the Bruins for a very long time.

Boston has announced that Bergeron has agreed to an eight-year extension worth $52 million. He still has a year left on his previous contract, which means that he’s signed through the 2021-22 campaign.

Bergeron, 27, is one of the league’s leading two-way centers. He won the Selke Trophy, which honors the league’s top defensive forward, in 2012 and was a finalist to repeat in 2013.

He’s also gifted offensively, scoring 10 goals and 32 points in 42 games last season.

Of course, what he’s been most associated with lately is his toughness. Bergeron played through a multitude of injuries during the Stanley Cup Final, including a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder.

After the Bruins were eliminated in Game 6, he was hospitalized for observation. It was later revealed that he also had a small puncture in his lung.

“You obviously don’t want to put your health in danger… No regrets on my part, I’ll tell you that,” Bergeron said.

  1. amityvillefun - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Well done Chia! Bergy is without a doubt one of the best NHL players out there when you look at everything the guy has to offer a team. Faceoffs, goals, defense, grit….what else do you want?

    Extremely happy to see him signed and hope to see his number is raised to the rafters in Boston when he finally hangs them up.

    Lucic and Thornton need to utterly destroy anyone who messes with him. No excuses.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Deserves every penny. After seeing all the shenanigans that go on in professional sports, this is a guy you can hang your hat on.

  3. dboldave - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Nobody is more deserving than Bergeron. Glad to see he’ll most likely finish his career in black and gold!

  4. buffalomafia - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Every team is getting better except Buffalo!

  5. montrealbbr - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Even I cant think of anything negative to say about him. I do wonder what the point of the lockout was when you are seeing 8 year deals being handed out.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      The fact that there are only eight year deals. I believe they created the eight year max. Still silly long but not the 15 year deals that were only created to circumvent the rules in place.

  6. sprtsfan1 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Good for him, he’s an animal

  7. lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I think we’re setting up something strong here. Bergeron is the most important piece of this team, and it’s great to think he’ll retire in black and gold. Go Bs!

  8. lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    My God, I am just, like, beyond psyched about all the great things Chia is doing. Happy Friday Bs fans!

    • amityvillefun - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Agreed. I was skeptical of the Seguin deal at first…but after looking into Eriksson and hearing from Stars fans, it seems this guy is going to be able to jump right in and contribute in a big way. Plus the deal with Iginla is cap friendly and should motivate him to play his best. Chia’s got stones….no doubt….

    • kcbruinsfan - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Been really happy with the moves this off-season. Locking up Bergeron for 8 yrs with a cap hit of only $6.5 mil is huge. Look what Horton and Clarkson commanded on the open market. Better and more valuable player at a lower price.

      Still think Rask is a little overpayed. May play into that $7 mil a yr, but thought something more in line w/ Quick’s $5.8 to $6 mil would have been more appropriate. Guess paying that extra mil per yr was the price to pay to keep him in the black and gold.

      I was skeptical of the Seguin deal, although I am now more comfortable with it. Not having seen a whole lot of Dallas games not entirely familiar with Eriksson’s game. Sounds like a good fit, but will reserve final judgement until I see it. The other pieces, Morrow and Smith, maybe be solid additions to the team’s future so it may all work out. Peverley had to go, and while Seguin may develop into a great NHL player, he was never a good fit for the Bruins style of play. Probably a win for both Seguin and the Bruins.

  9. mpops86 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Patrice Bergeron is this generation’s Ron Francis: a franchise-anchoring three-zone player with an offensive punch. Good for him, here’s hoping he stays healthy for eight more years.

  10. pastabelly - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Bergeron is the heart and soul of the team and works for and deserves every penny. I don’t know why Chiarelli gets any credit for doing the obvious here.

    • lordstanley65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I’m giving him credit for everything he’s been doing thus far.

  11. erbaker67 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Not that I am comment crapping this or anything but a deal like this makes me wish the Penguins didnt sign Letang to that deal. Bergeron plays better defense than Letang. The B’s got a world class player, leader, and like others have said, thats the kindve guy you want on your team.

    Good luck to Bergeron and the B’s.

  12. golfsox78 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Amazing he is only 27. Seems like he has been on the B’s forever. He is my favorite Bruin and he deserves every penny. He is what hockey is supposed to be about. #37 will be hanging from the Garden one day.

    • amityvillefun - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Totally agree with this statement. ^^^^

  13. LampyB - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Damn straight!!!

  14. drewsylvania - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Makes CBJ look even sillier. I realize Bergy was an RFA, but Horton’s half the player. This deal underscores further just how silly it was to pay Horton like he’s elite. He’s not; Bergy is.

  15. eagles512 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Had to extend him but that’s way too much money.

    • pepper2011 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      You clearly don’t watch enough Bruins games. Everything the Bruins do revolves around this guy. He is the most important player on the team. I would say he may even be underpaid. If he hit the open market he could have bank 7m a year easy.

  16. themohel - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    From a Hawks fan – this guy is worth every last cent. He is an example of what hockey is all about. Glad to hear he’ll be staying with the B’s for the long haul, and I hope he’s healthy for the start of the new season.

  17. harrbenj - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Not a Bruins fan, but Bergeron is one of my favorite players in the league and he totally deserves this contract. However, coupled with Rask’s contract, I do think its ironic that a team owned by Jacobs has opened its wallet so much after all his talk about how contracts are gettng too expensive.

    Still, good for Bergeron and Rask

  18. tackledummy1505 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Don’t forget he got hit by the zamboni, shot in the right leg, and has a tumor. Lol just playing but it sounds about right on his résumé

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      He’s also saved like ten babies and got a bunch of pets out of burning houses.


  19. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    WOW! Congrats B’s. I really thought they’d have to hand him $8 million to stay. I guess that’s because he’s worth the $8 million a year. What a longterm lockup on such a great player! This deal proves he’s a team player who wants to win. It’ll help soften the blow of the Tuukka signing since at least they know Bergeron will be in front of him every step of the way for the next 8 years. I know Toews won the Selke this year and I don’t want to take anything away from him, but Bergeron is hands down, no questions asked the best defensive forward in the game right now. Guy is an absolute gem of a clutch player! I still hate you Bs, but congrats on an awesome signing!

  20. sonofsamiam - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Bergeron is better at defense than the guy who won the Norris this year. By a fair bit too. He’s one a the few guys in the league that is so good, you sign a blank contract and hand it to him to fill it in.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      And trust him to not rake you over the coals, which he doesn’t.

  21. eagles512 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I’m not saying it is too much money for what he brings to the table. For 2-3 years he will be well worth it. But just the way he plays could make it a risk beyond that healthwise. That’s all.

  22. cubhawk63 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    What a great player,congrats Bruins fans !

  23. 8man - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Face of the franchise. He’s a player we Bs fans can be proud of. It’s been a positive off season that has built some serious potential.

  24. nhstateline - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    He’s worth every cent of it. The team’s built around him, he’s the best two way player on the it and he showed what he was made of in the two SCFs that he’s played in. I doubt the Bruins ever had to tell this guy he needed to be more of a professional. I don’t think that’s possible. I’ve met Bergeron. I’ve also met people that run important things like large companies and government agencies, Bergeron had the most serious demeanor of any of them. Very nice guy but very, very serious and intense. It’s easy to see why the Bruins organization loves him as a leader.

  25. blackhawks2010 - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Good move, this guy is a heck of a player. Worth every bit of the extension. He’s also a class act and leader.

  26. peterjohnjoseph - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    For anyone who MIGHT say this deal is too long based on his injury history- understand that even if he retires with a few years left on the deal, he’s probably moving right into the front of the organization in whatever role they can give him. He’s staying a Bruin whether on ice or off, and this is just a way to make sure of it. I mean, we’ve all the seen the numbers on contracts this week… he knows how much he can make testing the free agent waters.. This guy embodies what it is to be the heart and soul of an organization, and he’ll be taken care of for it.

  27. mm1022714 - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Hawk fan since birth. Saw Chelios in playoff series with a broken ankle, now saw Bergeron with a rib-tip in his lung. 1 in HOF now; maybe the other one day, but they both have brass-ones.

  28. theskinsman - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Couldn’t be more pleased. Can’t wait to start next season!

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