BOSTON -- If everything goes according to plan, there’s a strong possibility the Boston Bruins and forward Patrice Bergeron will soon agree on a contract extension that should allow the assistant captain to play his entire career in a spoked-B sweater.
There’s been talk that the sides are discussing a possible eight-year deal for the 27-year-old forward, whose current deal runs for one more season.
“It would mean a lot,” he said. “That’s the goal. Since the beginning, it’s been a team that’s believed in me when I was 18 and coming up. Now, like I’ve said before, it’s my home and I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people and definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me and hopefully we can work something out.”
He’s confident an extension will get done.
“Yeah, I am,” Bergeron said. “I am but I don’t know how long it’s going to take. I’m very confident, yeah.”
Changes in store
Since the end of the season, there have already been some changes to the Bruins’ roster. When camp opens in two months, veteran defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Nathan Horton will not return due to salary-cap constraints.
“It’s a first in probably the last five years there will be some changes like that,” Bergeron said. “It’s the business we’re in, the salary-cap world, especially this year with the cap going down. You don’t want it, but it’s something that has to happen, I guess. It’s unfortunate because you want to keep all these guys, especially these two guys because they were a huge part of our team, the leadership group and I wish them all the best. They’re obviously great guys but at the same time you definitely have to trust Peter. He’s done a great job over the years and I’m sure he’s going to do the same thing again.”
Thoughts on Seguin
Last Sunday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had some poignant comments about what the organization expects from forward Tyler Seguin moving forward, saying the 21-year-old forward needs to be a “better pro.” The Bruins also entertained possible trade deals before the draft began.
Bergeron, who has been Seguin’s center for a lot of the last three seasons, did not hear or read the GM’s comments but understands it’s still a learning process for Seguin.
“I think Tyler’s a young guy still and he’s got a lot to learn,” Bergeron said. “At the same time, he’s improved a lot. At that stage when you’re learning like that, that’s going to happen, you need to make sure you learn from it and find a way to get better. That’s the main thing with him, it’s about him finding ways to battle through it, find ways and build some character out of it. He’s a terrific player, a terrific person but sometimes you need to have some lows to get back up and feel better and play better.
“I thought he was really good the way he helped us. He found a way even though he wasn’t scoring as much as he would like to. He was still battling hard and doing things, the little details that you don’t always see on the score sheet, but it wasn’t going unnoticed from us as players and teammates. He’s a terrific young player, so he’s going to learn.”