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Bruins "Very, Very Close" To Extension with Bergeron

Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 6:15 PM ET
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
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BostonBruins.com - During a conference call with media regarding Tuukka Rask's new eight-year deal on Thursday afternoon, GM Peter Chiarelli told media that the Bruins are "very close" on a contract extension for alternate captain Patrice Bergeron.

"Last [conference] call, we were very close with Tuukka and Bergy, and we’re very, very close now," Chiarelli presumably smiled through the phone.

We know it's coming soon. And whenever ever it does indeed happen, Head Coach Claude Julien, who also spoke with reporters Thursday, knows it will come with grand fanfare.

"Probably the same thing it means to you and the fans," Julien told media, when asked what Bergeron's extension would mean to him. "He’s such an elite player for what he does and I don't know that there’s too many guys in this league that does what he does as well as him."

"You can get those star players that score 50 goals a year; you can get those kinds of players. But what he does, I think he’s the best at it. Two-way conscientious player, wants to produce and also wants to prevent goals, wants to be the best at faceoffs, wants to be the best at everything."

"I’ve said it before - Zdeno [Chara] has always been example to everybody coming in about his work ethic, but so has Bergy. We’ve talked a lot about Zdeno, but Bergeron’s the same thing. Everyday he wants to be the best out there on the ice, even in practice."

"He’ll go against Zdeno in one on one drills and hell compete, both those guys will compete as hard as they can and I think those are great examples for the rest of the team to watch and that's what Patrice brings to our team as the intangibles of having a guy show up everyday ready to be the best."

With Rask signed to an eight-year contract, and Bergeron on the cusp, the Bruins' core looks to be intact for the longhaul.

"Core is so important to a team," said Julien. "A lot of teams make changes along the way so that's part of the business. You have to be ready for that."

"But any time you’re able to keep that core group of guys together that you feel confident will give you a competitive team every year, it's a bonus."

"I think it’s where Peter has done a good job at being able to keep that core together."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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