BOSTON (WPRI) — Two big players for the Boston Bruins are coming back for another year.
Patrice Bergeron signed a one-year contract with the Bruins worth $2.5 million, the team announced Monday, and also includes an additional $2.5 million in incentives.
After the Bruins were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes, Bergeron, whose contract had expired, was unsure if he was going to come back to play for another season.
Bergeron, 37, is now entering his 19th NHL season, all with the Bruins. He ranks third in Bruins history in games played (1,216) and game-winning goals (74), fourth in goals (400), assists (582) and points (982).
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound centerman appeared in 73 games tallying 25 goals and 40 assists for 65 points with a plus-16 rating.
Following the season, Bergeron broke an NHL record by winning the Selke Trophy for the fifth time in his career. This was the 11th consecutive season he was named a finalist for the award, setting another NHL record.
Two hours later, the Bruins announced David Krejci also signed a one-year contract with the Bruins worth $1 million, plus an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives.
Krejci played last season in the Czechia league for HC Olomouc, wherein 51 games he led the team in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46).
Prior to his season with the HS Olomouc, Krejci played 15 seasons in the NHL, all with the Bruins. In the 2020-21 season, the 6-foot, 188-pound forward appeared in 51 games.
Krejci has played in 962 career NHL games with Boston, totaling 215 goals and 515 assists for 730 points.
The Bruins kick off their season Wednesday, Oct. 12 against the Washington Capitals.