The Boston Bruins signed center Patrice Bergeron to a three-year contract extension Thursday. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but RDS is reporting the deal will pay Bergeron $5 million per season.
About to enter his seventh NHL season, the 25-year-old is hoping to build on what was a strong bounce-back season in 2009-10. He had 19 goals and 52 points in 73 games; he had a total of 11 goals in just 74 games in the two prior seasons combined. He played just 10 games in 2007-08 due to a serious concussion, and wasn't the same player in 2008-09.
Regarded as a strong two-way player, Bergeron will be relied upon to supply more offense this season in the absence of Marc Savard. It's likely he'll be centering newcomer Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic when the Bruins open their season Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes (Noon ET, VERSUS, TSN, NESN) at the O2 Arena in Prague as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Series.
Bergeron has a pair of 20-goal seasons, with a high of 31 in 2005-06. In 376 NHL games, the 2003 second-round pick (No. 45) has 99 goals and 280 points. In 31 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has 5 goals and 20 points, including 4 goals and 11 points in 13 games last spring.