Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) faces off against Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) during the first period in game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron Agree to Eight-Year, $52 Million Extension

Fresh off the heels of a huge extension for starting netminder Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins have locked up their star center to an eight-year contract of his own. The Bruins announced the contract, which will pay Bergeron a total of $52 million, throughout the duration of the deal. With the extension, Bergeron will be signed through the 2021-22.

The annual cap figure for Bergeron will be $6,500,000.

Bergeron made the news following the Stanley Cup Finals for playing through a number of injuries that included a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder. He still managed to be a key contributor for the team throughout the postseason.

During the regular season, Bergeron netted 10 goals and 32 points. Throughout his professional career, which he has spent entirely in Boston, Bergeron has 153 goals and 280 assists.

Bergeron joined the Bruins as a second-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season, Bergeron was the recipient of the King Clancy Trophy, which is awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. He will be needed to help the team gear up for another run at the Stanley Cup in the 2013-14 season.

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