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Bergeron reportedly returning to Bruins on one-year deal

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Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron appears close to returning to the team for the final year after considering his playing future.  (Getty images)
Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron appears close to returning to the team for the final year after considering his playing future. (Getty images)

It looks like the Boston Bruins will bring back their captain for the last dance.

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Star forward Patrice Bergeron appears set to return to the Bruins on a one-year deal, according to Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram.

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Bergeron has 25 goals and 40 assists for 65 of his 73 points this season, as well as seven points in seven playoff games.

The 36-year-old has been awarded the 2021-2022 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given to “the forward who demonstrates the most prowess in the defensive component of the game”, for a record fifth time.

Selected by the Bruins 45th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Bergeron scored 400 goals and 582 assists for 982 points in 1,126 career games, all in black and gold. He played a pivotal role on the 2011 Stanley Cup winning team.

The L’Ancienne Lorette, Quebec native is terminating an eight-year, $55 million contract that pays him an annual salary of $6.875 million.

While the Bruins and their fans will be happy to hear that their captain isn’t retiring yet, the team is currently facing an identity crisis of sorts and the upcoming season is steeped in uncertainty.

Boston last week parted ways with head coach Bruce Cassidy after he led the Bruins to six straight playoff games, including the 2019 Cup Final. They seem to have a good enough roster to compete with the best players in the Eastern Conference and make the most of a talented core.

The two pillars of that core, forward Brad Marchand and defenseman Charlie McAvoy, should miss the first few months of next season, and top scorer David Pastrnak should be re-signed and fired. reportedly not sure if he would like to stay in Boston held the following year.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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