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TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 16: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on September 16, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
The heart and soul of the Bruins is going to be wearing black and gold for a very long time. The Bruins announced Friday morning that they have signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension. Bergeron has one year remaining on his current deal, which means this deal will go into effect after next season. The 2012 Selke Trophy winner will make an average of $6.5 million per season over the life of the contract. Bergeron, widely considered one of the best two-way forwards in the game, will be 28 when next season begins. He notched 10-22-32 totals through 42 games with the Bruins last season, and he added nine goals and six assists in the playoffs. The alternate captain played through a broken rib, a punctured lung and eventually a seperated shoulder during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Final loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
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