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By: Mike Sullivan | Follow me on Twitter @_MikeSullivan

Boom! Many fans’ nightmares are over today as the Boston Bruins sign career Bruin and Captain Patrice Bergeron to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Both sides also agreed on a $2.5 million bonus structure that will go against the 2023-24 Bruins salary cap.


Future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron will return to the Bruins for at least one more season. The captain’s decision was up in the air at the end of last season, and many were unsure about the Quebec native’s future. Some speculated he might go home to Montreal and compete in the Habs’ red and white. (which made me sick to my stomach) Others theorized he was contemplating retirement, in which case the outlook on the Boston Bruin’s upcoming season was bleak. Thank God that isn’t the case.

On the precipice of free agency, the Bruins now have their franchise centerman back. They’re hoping to bring David Krejci back, and by the time this is published. Hopefully, that’s the case. However, the Bruins are up against the cap and will need to move some hefty contracts to add depth to this team. Many speculate Foligno ($3.8M), Smith ($3.1M), Mike Reilly ($3M), Matt Grzelcyk ($3.68M), or Erik Haula ($2.37M).

Patrice Bergeron is a Boston Bruin great. He is considered one of the greatest two-way centers of all time, with five Selke trophies. He’s a face-off magician, a penalty kill specialist, and the true heart and soul of the Boston Bruins. Bergeron has a career 57.7% face-off percentage, 982 points in 1216 Games Played, and plenty of memorable moments with the black and gold.