Just hours before the Bruins drop the puck in Prague to officially kick off the "Unfinished Business" season, Patrice Bergeron signed a three-year extension worth $15 million (per RDS.ca -- link is to SCoC translation).
We couldn't be happier here at DOY HQ.
That's why we love the guy.
We have no words to describe how many extra points Berg just won with us for that above statement -- and we hold him in high favor as it is. We love hardworking folk who want to be in Boston. Bergy is just that.
We know some people probably wanted Bergeron to get more years, and he definitely could've gotten more money should he have a career year and test the free agent waters. But staying a Bruin is what mattered to #37.
Bergeron wears an 'A' on his jersey when it could very well be a 'C'. Soft spoken, he doesn't seem to be overly vocal on or off the ice, but he his play and work ethic does it for him. Night and in night out you can expect Bergy to give 110%.
After the jump, some more video of Bergeron and tweets from "those-in-the-know"...
Haggs is reporting that the contract finalized after a long talk after dinner in Prague.
"A source close to the negotiations told CSNNE.com on Thursday that a new deal was 'unlikely to happen' in Europe, but that changed after a long conversation between Bergeron and general manager Peter Chiarelli... It appeared Chiarelli wasn’t going to leave the room until he had a deal in place with his 25-year-old superstar center."
We give PC a lot of crap on this blog, but we also give credit where credit is due, and we're "throwing daps" to PC for getting this deal done now and not waiting until the end of the season.
This morning's press conference from WEEI.
Recchi made sure young players like Seguin are taking notice of Bergeron's work ethic and attitude.
“The way he handles himself professionally on and off the ice is incredible. He’s a great kid, and we have some young players that should watch him every day. Tyler [Seguin] should watch how he prepares, watch how he works, watch how he does everything, and watch how competitive he is.” --Rex (BigBadBlog)
Last year we started seeing the Bergeron fans and the front office wanted to see -- a young man more confident on the ice, well-rounded, and who has left his concussion problems behind. Bergeron was last year's point leader for the Bruins with 52 -- tied with Krejci who played in a few more games than Berg. He also wracked up 11 points in 13 playoff games last year.
Bergy's highest point total was 73, back in '05-'06. Will he ever get back to that total? Who knows. We definitely hope so. He was a great fill in when Savvy when down last year with injuries and has had a fantastic pre-season so far. We hope that carries over into the regular season.
Plus, you never know when he just might drop the mitts.