Patrice Bergeron had another excellent season at 36 years of age. He recorded 48 points (23 goals, 25 assists) in 54 games this season and led all Bruins forwards in blocked shots (36).
The Bruins captain was also a finalist for the Selke Award, and winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award. It’s certainly enough to get both sides thinking about an extension.
Bruins and Bergeron talking extension
Bergeron is entering the last leg of an 8-year deal worth $52 million. According to GM Don Sweeney, his captain is in the driver’s seat when it comes to how long he still wants to play.
“Patrice and Kent Hughes, his representative, and I have had discussions about where Patrice is at,” Sweeney said. “We’ll keep those private as we do all the others and let him decide what path he wants to take. Obviously, it’s a completely open door for how long Patrice wants to play the game for us, and we’ll leave it at that.”NHL.com
Bruins named Bergeron captain after Zdeno Chara’s departure
When Chara was not brought back there was clearly only one choice as to who would take on the captaincy. Patrice Bergeron was the perfect selection.
“There have been some tremendous captains and leaders along the way and some legends of the game,” Bergeron said. “It’s an absolute honor. I’m going to try and keep bettering myself and keep learning and leading by example, but also trying to be me.”
Coming off a season where he scored 56 points in 61 games, Bergeron was the unquestioned leader in the locker-room heading into 2020-21. He led his team to the playoffs again, and continues to be the face of the franchise.
If things go well between the two sides as expected, he should be proudly wearing the C for years to come.