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Bruins give Patrice Bergeron eight-year, $52 million extension

07.12.13 at 10:35 am ET

The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed center Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension. The deal will begin in 2014-15, after the expiration go his four-year, $20 million deal signed prior to the start of the 2010 season expires.

The 27-year-old Bergeron becomes the second player to get an eight-year deal from the Bruins in as many days, as goaltender Tuukka Rask signed an eight-year, $56 million contract on Thursday. Bergeron’s cap hit will be $6.5 million starting in 2014-15, which will be the third-highest on the B’s behind Rask ($7 million) and Zdeno Chara ($6.91 million).

Bergeron, who won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward in 2011-12, has spent his entire professional career with the Bruins since being drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 579 career regular-season games, he has 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points. He has 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points in 83 career playoff games.

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