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Patrice Bergeron remains a member of the Boston Bruins. After giving it some thought, Patrice Bergeron was extended by the Bruins. The deal is for one year and has an AAV of $2.5 million dollars. This is substantial news for the Bruins as their longest-tenured player and current captain returns to the black and gold.

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Patrice Bergeron Extended By Bruins

After suffering a first-round loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the rumours kept swirling around Bergeron and whether he would retire. Upon leaving the ice at PNC Arena, he hugged and shook hands with every teammate. You even saw an emotional Brad Marchand when he was asked about it. Everyone began to wonder if Bergeron would hang up the skates for good.

After taking his time and giving it much thought, Bergeron has decided to give it another run and keep playing the game he loves. Upon season-ending exit interviews, he cleared the air, saying it would either be in Boston or retire. He chose Boston and hopes to try and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston before retiring.

Patrice Bergeron had one of his best seasons to date. The star center has been nominated for the Selke Trophy once again as the league’s top defensive forward. Arguably the best two-way center in the league, he certainly had a season to show for it. According to Money Puck, in 73 games played, he tallied 25 goals, 40 assists, and a total of 65 points. Bergeron was a machine in the faceoff circle, winning 61.9% of his faceoffs. Throughout the season he averaged 1.13 goals per 60 minutes, 1.81 assists per 60 minutes, and a total of 2.94 points per 60 minutes. Those were good for third on the team behind Marchand and David Pastrnak. Bergeron finished strong in possession numbers finishing with a Corsi For percentage of 64%, which was tied for first among all forwards on the team.

What This Means

The signing signals that the Bruins are not ready to start rebuilding. Upper management has decided to run it back and give it another crack at the holy grail while Bergeron is still playing. The core remains with Marchand, Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Taylor Hall, Hampus Lindholm, and Charlie Coyle. Bergeron is the driving force and the leader of this team and an irreplaceable guy. He is still playing at an elite level given his age. Despite the injuries, he’s sustained he is still able to keep playing.

Patrice Bergeron has spent his entire career with the Bruins. The Canadian native was drafted by the Bruins 45th overall in the 2003 draft. Since then he has skated in 1,216 games and has scored 400 goals, 582 assists, and a total of 982 points. He has also played in 167 playoff games and totalled 127 points. Bergeron has won the Selke Trophy four times, the Mark Messier Leadership Award, the King Clancy Memorial Award, and is a Stanley Cup champion.