June 19, 2018
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Bruins sign gritty Bergeron to eight-year extension

Greg M. Cooper | USA TODAY Sports
Greg M. Cooper | USA TODAY Sports
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) warms up before game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden in this June 2013 file photo.
By Reuters

Patrice Bergeron, who led the Boston Bruins in postseason goals and played the Stanley Cup Finals with a punctured lung, was rewarded with an eight-year $52 million contract extension, the NHL team said on Friday.

In 42 regular season games, the gritty 27-year-old Canadian notched 10 goals but nearly matched that total in the playoffs scoring nine times before losing in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

In nine seasons, all with the Bruins, Bergeron has amassed 153 goals and 433 points.

A former Selke Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defensive forward, Bergeron is also one of the league’s top faceoff men and toughest competitors playing part of the postseason with a broken rib, torn rib cartilage and a separated shoulder as well as a punctured lung.

After losing Nathan Horton to free agency and trading Tyler Seguin, the Bruins have been busy this week locking in key players to long-term contracts, Bergeron’s deal coming on the heels of an eight-year $56 million deal inked by netminder Tuukka Rask on Wednesday.

Ducks land Grant

The Ducks continued to fill out their organization by signing defenseman Alex Grant to a one-year deal Wednesday.

The sides agreed on a contract that will pay Grant an NHL-based salary of $550,000 and an American Hockey League amount of $75,000.

Grant was a restricted free agent and the club acquired his rights from Pittsburgh for winger Harry Zolnierczyk.

Grant, 24, played in 46 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, and had four goals, 16 assists and 73 penalty minutes. He was a fourth-round pick for the Penguins in 2007.

In 13 Calder Cup playoff games, Grant had two goals, two assists and 27 penalty minutes in helping the Penguins advance to the Eastern Conference final.

Blues trade Perron to Oilers

ST. LOUIS — David Perron’s time in St. Louis, both eventful and entertaining, has come to an abrupt end.

The Blues sent the 25-year old winger to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday in return for 22-year old forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.

Paajarvi, 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, has considerably more size than Perron, who is 5-11, 195 pounds. A No. 1 pick for the Oilers in 2009, Paajarvi was the 10th player taken overall. He shoots left and has played wing. He had nine goals and seven assists in 42 games last season for Edmonton. He had 15 goals and 34 points for the Oilers in 2010-11.

He played on a line with Blues center Patrik Berglund for Team Sweden during the 2011 World Championships in which the Swedes finished second. Paajarvi got the news at his home in Noorkoping, Sweden, at 10:45 p.m.

“It definitely came as a shock,” Paajarvi said. “You never know in this business. I suspected if anything would have happened, it would have happened during the draft.

“I was focused on the season in Edmonton. Right now, I’m a little overwhelmed, but I’m actually very excited for a new chapter here, I talked to (Blues general manager) Doug Armstrong and my first feeling is all good, exciting.”

A No. 1 draft pick in 2007, the 26th choice overall, Perron scored 84 goals and 114 points in six seasons and 340 games for the Blues. His time in St. Louis was sometimes controversial, sometimes tragic and sometimes triumphant.

Rangers sign Hagelin

The New York Rangers signed free agent Carl Hagelin to a two-year, $4.5 million contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Hagelin, 24, had 10 goals and 24 points in 48 regular-season games and averaged more than 17 minutes of ice team for the Rangers in 2013. In the playoffs, the former University of Michigan standout contributed three goals and three assists in 12 games.

The new deal will keep the Swede in New York through 2015. The average annual salary cap hit for the Rangers will be $2.25 million.


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