Patrice Bergeron signed an eight-year extension that will keep him a Boston Bruin until the 2021-22 National Hockey League season.
Bergeron, 27, has a year left on the three-year deal he signed during the 2011 preseason. The new contract, with an annual salary cap figure of $6.5 million a year, takes effect in the 2014-15 season.
“I’m really happy now to see that I will hopefully retire a Bruin,” Bergeron said. “That’s the goal and that’s what I want.”
Bergeron would have become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. The center had 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points in 42 games during the regular season.
“It wasn’t any question that he’d be able to get more on the open market,” Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said. “We’ve seen his performance over the years. We saw a gutty performance this year in the playoffs. We’re really happy that we can get Patrice signed to a long-term extension.”
The Bruins reached the Stanley Cup playoffs, losing 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks in the final series.