Patrice Bergeron will be a member of the Bruins for a very long time.
Boston has announced that Bergeron has agreed to an eight-year extension worth $52 million. He still has a year left on his previous contract, which means that he’s signed through the 2021-22 campaign.
Bergeron, 27, is one of the league’s leading two-way centers. He won the Selke Trophy, which honors the league’s top defensive forward, in 2012 and was a finalist to repeat in 2013.
He’s also gifted offensively, scoring 10 goals and 32 points in 42 games last season.
Of course, what he’s been most associated with lately is his toughness. Bergeron played through a multitude of injuries during the Stanley Cup Final, including a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder.
After the Bruins were eliminated in Game 6, he was hospitalized for observation. It was later revealed that he also had a small puncture in his lung.
“You obviously don’t want to put your health in danger… No regrets on my part, I’ll tell you that,” Bergeron said.
Ready to Roll: Oilers activate Schultz from IR, send down Reinhart
The Rangers are getting ready for their second straight matinee game on Saturday, but head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t done addressing yesterday’s loss to the Bruins.
After Friday’s game, Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn’t pleased with Henrik Lundqvist‘s “acting” that led to a goalie interference penalty being called on forward Brad Marchand (above) and he let everyone know it in his postgame press conference.
On Saturday, it was Alain Vigneault’s turn to lash out.
“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said via the New York Daily News. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”
The Rangers will take on the Flyers at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Dubinsky to have hearing for cross-check on Crosby
As you can see in the above video, Dubinsky delivers a two-handed cross-check to Crosby’s neck, so the fact that he’s getting a hearing is no surprise.
“There’s no secret. I try to play him as hard as I can,” said Dubinsky. “That being said, I don’t try and do anything dirty. I felt like my stick ride up his back a little bit. He’s kind of bent over there in front. But again, that’s not the type of player I am. I’m going to play hard, but try and play fair and play in between the whistle.”
Crosby isn’t willing to give Dubinsky the benefit of the doubt.
#Pens Crosby on Dubinsky hit: I'm OK. I'm not surprised. If I was going to get one of those shots, it was going to be from him -SK