Boston Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to three-year, $15M extension

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for GYI0060230518-patricebergeron-elsa-getty.jpgLast year, I thought Marc Savard would have a big year for the Boston Bruins in part because he was in a contract year only to see the team sign him to a lucrative (and lengthy) contract extension. Patrice Bergeron was in a similar spot going into this season, but he too will avoid the nerve-wracking endeavor of going through a contract year, as Joe Haggerty of reports that the team signed him to a three-year, $15 million extension today.

A source close to the negotiations told 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 in the corner of a room at the State Dinner in the Prime Minister’s Palace Thursday night. It appeared Chiarelli wasn’t going to leave the room until he had a deal in place with his 25-year-old superstar center.

The source also told that both sides were talking about something between 2-4 years in length, and that’s exactly what the three-year extension falls. He will make $250,000 more per season than he was making on his deal set to expire. The signing is a coup for the Bruins, who avoid letting Bergeron get close to free agency.

While I admire Bergeron’s two-way prowess and versatility, I’m not sure if paying a player with a history of concussion problems $5 million per year is necessarily a “coup.” The slick center’s deal was starting to look like an albatross not that long ago and he’s actually getting a raise going forward.

Still, it allows the Bruins to worry about other things, like determining what exactly they want to do with Zdeno Chara’s expiring contract situation. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli seems like he makes nice trades and solid draft picks with his Achilles Heel being that he tends to overpay his own impending free agents, but we’ll see if the Bruins end up looking bright when it comes to re-signing Bergeron early.

Video: Mike Fisher ends Nashville’s nasty goal drought

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No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.

Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.

They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.

On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.

Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

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Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


Braun out with upper-body injury; Zubrus to make Sharks debut

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The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.

Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.

“Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”

Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.

Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.

Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.

Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer