Patrice Bergeron Signs 3-year Extension
The Bruins formally announced today that center Patrice Bergeron has inked a 3-year extension worth a total of $15 million.
Bergeron, who's entering the final year of his contract, has had an excellent preseason in another step back from recovering from the major concussion suffered during the 07-08 season. Last year he led the Bruins in scoring with 52 points in 73 games.
The deal includes a No Movement Clause (editorial: It's Peter Chiarelli -- of course it does).
Next up for Chiarelli and the Bruins is trying to extend Zdeno Chara, who also has a deal that expires after this season. Chara recently said he'd like to play until he's 45 but reiterated that he is NOT looking for a long-term deal similar to Ilya Kovalchuk or Marian Hossa.
Interesting note -- as much as Chiarelli is criticized (and sometimes rightfully so) for overpaying players, he's managed to extend Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Marc Savard (whoops) and Bergeron over the last 12 months, giving the Bruins and their fans hope for the future, especially with Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jordan Caron, Joe Colborne and Matt Bartkowski waiting in the wings.