NHL: Bruins re-sign C Patrice Bergeron for 19th season
Captain Patrice Bergeron signed up for his 19th season with the Bruins in 2022-23 and he will be rejoined by fellow center David Krejci, who returns to the NHL to play his 16th season in Boston.
Later Monday, the Bruins announced the signing of restricted free agent forward Pavel Zacha to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, avoiding arbitration.
The one-year deal announced Monday for the 37-year-old Bergeron is for $2.5 million and includes an additional $2.5 million in performance-based incentives.
A second-round pick by Boston in 2003, Bergeron ranks third in franchise history in games (1,216) and fourth in goals (400), assists (582) and points (982).
Bergeron also ranks second in Bruins history in playoff games (167) and points (127) and third in assists (78) and tied for third in goals (49).
The five-time Selke Trophy winner registered 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) in 73 games last season, his 13th season with 20-plus goals.
Krejci, 36, signed a one-year deal for $1 million plus up to an additional $2 million in incentives.
He played last season in his native Czech Republic for HC Olomouc, tallying 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 51 games.
Krejci accumulated 730 points (215 goals, 515 assists) in 962 games with the Bruins from 2006-21. Krejci and Bergeron won a Stanley Cup together in 2011.
The Bruins acquired Zacha in a trade with the New Jersey Devils last month.
Zacha, 25, recorded a career-high 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in 70 games last season in New Jersey. He has totaled 179 points (69 goals, 110 assists) in 386 career games since being selected by the Devils with the sixth overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.
–Field Level Media