Bergeron 'very confident' he'll sign big extention

Bergeron 'very confident' he'll sign big extention
July 2, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON – As if the Bruins didn’t need any more proof positive of how worthy Patrice Bergeron is of an eight-year contract extension that will potentially take him to retirement, the 27-year-old center playing through a cracked rib, separated shoulder and punctured lung during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the Bruins and Bergeron’s camp are putting the finishing touches on an eight-year contract extension that will pay him around $52 million, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The eight-year contract is the longest an NHL player can agree to under the current CBA while re-signing with their current team.

An eight-year pact would take him through age 36, and would properly reward the hard-working center and alternate captain for the work he’s put in to become the best two-way center in the NHL. Bergeron told reporters that he’s confident both sides will come to an agreement on a deal that’s expected to pay him $6.5 million per season through his prime years.

“I am [confident]. I just don't know how long it’s going to take, but I’m very confident [it will get done],” said Bergeron. “It would mean a lot. That's the goal since the beginning. It's a team [in the Bruins] that believed in me when I was 18 and when I was coming up. Now it’s my home. I feel like it is, and I love the city. I love the people and definitely love the organization. So [a contract extension] would mean a lot to me, and hopefully we can work something out.”

It in this day and age of free agency, it’s actually become increasingly clear that you almost never see special athletes that remain with the same team for their entire careers. So it’s appropriate that a throwback hockey player like Bergeron would be one of those rare cases where athlete, city and organization just keep getting it right for a very long period of time.

It’s actually a busy week with Bergeron also planning on getting married at the end of the week, and go through all of the wedding activities without being compromised by his assorted injuries that are still healing. Bergeron still has one year remaining on a three-year, $15 million contract extension he signed just prior to the start of the 2010-11 season, and would be the second-highest paid player on the Bruins roster behind only captain Zdeno Chara.