Just days after signing star goaltender Tuukka Rask to an eight year, $56 million contract, the Boston Bruins have locked up their star on the offensive end with an eight year deal of his own.
On Friday morning, the Bruins announced that they have reached a contract extension with Patrice Bergeron and its one that will keep the 27 year old in Boston through the 2021-22 season. Bergeron’s new deal will have an annual cap hit of $6.5 million.
After a heartbreaking Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals just last month, the Bruins have made some moves that are necessary to keep them in contention for a championship in the years to come. Boston had to part ways with a few notable players off this past year’s squad, but within the course of the past week, the Bruins have now locked up both Rask and Bergeron as expected this off-season.
The extension with Bergeron comes as no real shock and Boston fans had seen this deal coming for quite some time now. Bergeron was drafted with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft and this latest deal will likely keep him on board as a Bruin for the remainder of his career.
Bergeron had a monster postseason for Boston during their run to the Stanley Cup final, tallying nine goals along the way. None however, were bigger than his two goals in the team’s Game 7 come-from-behind victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal round.
In all, it’s certainly been a great week for Bruins’ fans, as both Rask and Bergeron are now locked up for the years to come.
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