The Boston Bruins ended weeks of speculation today by signing both captain Patrice Bergeron and longtime former assistant captain David Krejci to one year contracts.
Bergeron's one year deal is worth just $2.5 million in salary with an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The 37 year old Bruins captain is entering his 19th campaign and is third all-time in Bruins history in games played (1,216). He's also fourth all time in goals (400), assists (582) and points (982). Needless to say, he's a franchise legend and the team's uncontested leader.
He's coming off a deal that paid him nearly $7 million a season and is taking a SIGNIFICANT pay cut by re-upping for one more season. But, in his media availability today he made it clear that money isn't what's important to him.
"I've made more money than I ever thought I would in hockey," Bergeron said earlier today. "Leaving a few dollars on the table to make sure you're a good team, and make sure you're a competitive team for years to come is what I've wanted to do. That's something that started here before me."
Classy, as always. At this point what else would you expect from the eternally classy Bergeron? There's a reason why he's considered one of the most gentlemanly players in the game. The Quebec native put up 25 goals and 65 points in 73 games played last season and was once again named the Selke Trophy winner as the NHL's best defensive forward. For those keeping track at home, that's a record 5th Selke win for Bergeron.
As for Krejci, he played last season with his hometown Olomouc HC in Czechia. There have been rumors for months that Krejci would come back to the Bruins for one last kick at the can and today both he and the team made it official.
Between Bergeron and Krjeci, this feels like a Throwback Thursday on a Monday for the B's. Who's next? Tuukka and Big Z? How about Tim Thomas? I hear the Flames would be interested in moving Milan Lucic on the cheap...
One thing that's for sure... Brad Marchand is a fan of these signings. I mean, just look at his reaction on social media:
For those who aren't familiar with what this emoji means... I'll let you Google it for yourself.