The Boston Bruins announced Friday that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2021-22 season.
The 27-year-old will make $5 million next season in the final year of his current deal before a $6.5 million annual salary cap hit begins in 2014.
Bergeron will turn 42 in 2022.
“It would mean a lot,” Bergeron said earlier this month when asked about the possibility of a long-term extension. “That’s the goal. Since the beginning, it’s been a team that’s believed in me when I was 18 and coming up. Now, like I’ve said before, it’s my home and I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people and definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me and hopefully we can work something out.”
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound native of Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec was selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
He notched 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 42 regular season games in 2013 and added 9 goals and 6 assists for 15 points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.