Bruins’ Bergeron extended 8 years

McClatchy news servicesJuly 13, 2013 

Less than two weeks before his 28th birthday, Patrice Bergeron, one of the NHL’s best two-way forwards, is under contract for the next nine seasons.

He hopes to retire with the only team for which he has played, the Boston Bruins.

Bergeron signed an eight-year, $52 million extension Friday that starts once his current three-year, $15 million deal expires after next season.

“We don’t want to go anywhere else, and so it was an easy decision for me and my family,” the Bruins’ alternate captain said in a conference call.

Bergeron’s extension came two days after the Bruins re-signed goalie Tuukka Rask, a restricted free agent, to another eight-year contract. It’s worth $56 million even though he just completed his first full season as the team’s No. 1 goalie.

General manager Peter Chiarelli was eager to keep two core players who were instrumental in the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“We want to try and get these guys locked up,” Chiarelli said. “The pillars of the team.”

SLAP SHOTS

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman plans to work on a contract extension for coach Joel Quenneville. “It just has been breakneck speed finishing up (the season), the draft, free agency and then this camp,” Bowman said. ... The Senators re-signed restricted free-agent forward Erik Condra to a two-year deal. Condra’s deal is worth $2.5 million, and he’ll count $1.25 million against Ottawa’s salary cap. ... The Wild agreed to terms on one-year, two-way contracts with free-agent defensemen Jonathon Blum and Jon Landry.

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