The Boston Bruins announced today that they will be sealing the deal with center Patrice Bergeron to a much anticipated contract extension.
The alternate captain for the Bruins was an outstanding two-way performer during the regular season, as well as in the playoffs. The terms of Bergeron’s contract are a set for a $6.5 million annual salary for eight years, locking the center in until the 2021-22 season. There is no doubt the Bruins made the right move with Bergeron, as he has demonstrated time and time again how valuable he is to the club. The Quebec-born center has tallied 153 goals and 280 assists since his career began with the Bruins in the 2003-04 season.
In addition to his goals and assists, Bergeron has been named one of the most gifted face-off men ever to stand at the dot. Ranking No. 4 in the league in face-off wins, Bergeron finished the playoffs with 884 face-off wins and held a 62.1% over everyone in the league.
The 2011 Stanley champion also beat out Detroit Red Wings‘ Pavel Datsyuk for the Selke Trophy in 2011. Datsyuk had won the trophy from 2008-2010, however, he was bested for the title by the newcomer. Every year since, Bergeron has been at least mentioned if not nominated for the trophy.
In the 2012-13 season, Bergeron was neck and neck with Chicago Blackhawks‘ Jonathan Toews, only to be knocked out of the top spot. Toews won the Selke last year, however, Bergeron took home the King Clany Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice.
Regardless of all the numbers and trophies, Bergeron has demonstrated how durable he can be. Bergeron has had concussion problems in the past, however, you would never know that while watching him play. The center surprised everyone in the last two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Bergeron played with a small hole in his lung, injured ribs and a separated shoulder. Once again, you could barely tell as he dawned the black and gold and marched up and down the ice.
If that wasn’t enough to sell you on Bergeron’s skill, then his ability to end a hockey game should be. The alternate captain was the final dagger in the heart of Toronto Maple Leafs fans in a Game 7 overtime victory. After being down 4-1, the Bruins were able to rally and score three goals to tie the game, allowing Bergeron to finish it off in overtime.
The Bruins have made a phenomenal deal to lock down the 27-year-old center. Bergeron is the backbone of the Bruins’ style of play’ and after being drafted in the second round of 2003, the Bruins have never looked back. Bergeron will be a threat for the Selke Trophy for years to come, and he is more than deserving of the “A” on his chest.