NHL News: Patrice Bergeron retires, Ilya Samsonov arbitration, and more

Today’s NHL news looks at the amazing career of Patrice Bergeron, Ilya Samsonov, and more.

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Patrice Bergeron retires

One of the game’s best players has officially announced his retirement. In an eloquent essay released by the Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron said goodbye to hockey.

For the last 20 years I have been able to live my dream every day. I have had the honor of playing in front of the best fans in the world wearing the Bruins uniform and representing my country at the highest levels of international play. I have given the game everything that I have physically and emotionally, and the game has given me back more than I could have ever imagined.

It is with a full heart and a lot of gratitude that today I am announcing my retirement as a professional hockey player.

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Bergeron, 38, ends his brilliant career with 427 goals and 613 assists for 1040 points in 1294 regular-season contests. For his postseason numbers, he adds 128 points in 170 playoff matches with a Stanley Cup ring from 2011.

Known for being one of the all-time great two-way centers, Bergeron holds the record for most Selke Trophies (best defensive forward) with six.

Ilya Samsonov

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On Sunday, goaltender Ilya Samsonov was awarded a one-year $3.55 million deal via salary arbitration.

The 26 year-old posted a 27-10-5 record with a 2.33 GAA and a .919 save percentage last season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox, Toronto must decide what to do with goalie Matt Murray as the second buyout window was triggered by this award.

Other news and notes

The Dallas Stars have extended GM Jim Nill for two seasons.

“Jim has proven himself to be one of the best general managers in the NHL,” Owner Tom Gaglardi said in a statement. “He has meticulously built a team through free agency, trades and the NHL Draft that’s among the best in the League, while also ensuring that the Stars are championship contenders for years to come. He’ll be able to continue his vision of working toward our goal of bringing another Stanley Cup to the state of Texas.”

Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes have reunited with recently bought out defenseman Tony DeAngelo on a one-year deal worth $1.675 million.

DeAngelo, 27, registered 11 goals and 31 assists for 42 points in 70 games with the Philadelphia Flyers.

“Tony is an elite offensive defenseman who had a great season with us in 2021-22,” GM Don Waddell said in a press release. “We wanted to re-sign him last summer, and now we’re thrilled to bring him back to Raleigh.”