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.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.