The Bruins announced on Friday that they have agreed on a long-term extension with center Patrice Bergeron, whose current deal was set to expire next year. The extension is for eight years, $52 million ($6.5 per). The new deal will keep him under contract until 2021-22.
That’s a very fair price for the 27-year old Bergeron, one of the best two-way forwards in the NHL and undoubtedly the Bruins next captain. Given the crazy money that has been shelled out to NHL free agents this summer, this deal seems right where it should be to ensure Bergeron stays with the Bruins, the team that drafted him 45th overall as an 18-year old back in 2003.
The Bruins were clear in their top priorities this offseason – re-signing Tuukka Rask and extending Bergeron – and they were able to accomplish both. It seems like GM Peter Chiarelli is pretty content heading into next season with the team he currently has.