It looks like Canadians fans can forget about the prospect of Patrice Bergeron joining the squad for next season.
The Boston Bruins captain could become an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing an eight-year contract worth $55 million with a maximum salary of $6.875 million. Before becoming Canadiens general manager last January, Kent Hughes was Bergeron’s longtime agent, leading to speculation that Lanciennes Lorette might be interested in ending his career in Montreal.
When reporters in Boston asked him on Monday if he could see himself playing somewhere else besides Boston next season, Bergeron said: “No. I’ve been here all my career. Obviously (Boston) is a special place for me. That’s not in My mind right now. I just need to take some time and regroup.”
Bergeron, who will turn 37 on July 24, played his entire 18-year NHL career with Boston after the Bruins selected him in the second round (45 total) of the 2003 NHL Draft. Canadians selected Andrei Kostisyn in the first round of the draft that year (10th overall) and Cory Urquhart in the second round (40th overall). The Nashville Predators drafted Shea Weber with the 49th overall pick that year.
Bergeron had 25-40-65 aggregates in 73 regular season games this year and added 3-4-7 aggregates in seven playoffs as the Bruins were eliminated from the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round. Bergeron has been the captain of the Bruins since he replaced Zdeno Chara last year, and in 1,216 regular season games he’s had 400-582-982.
When asked how he thought while deciding whether to continue playing next season, Bergeron said: “I don’t know, to be honest with you. I think it’s just more time, I think. At the moment it’s only been two days (since the match went out). clincher). All I did was really enjoy the family at home. I’m going to need some time to think about a lot of things and come up with the best decision for myself and my family.”
Bergeron and his wife Stephanie have three young children.
Bergeron said he hasn’t spoken to anyone in the Boston administration since the Bruins were eliminated in the playoffs with a 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 7 on Saturday, but his understanding is that there is a place for him in the Bruins. He wants to keep playing.
According to CapFri Friendly.com, Bergeron has earned more than $93 million during his NHL career.
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