BOSTON — The Boston Bruins are bringing back the Pirates by signing their captain. Patrice Bergeron And David Krejci — two members of their 2011 Stanley Cup championship team — to one-year deals Monday.
Almost three months after leaving the ice, Bergeron signed a one-year deal with the Bruins, unsure if he would return. A few hours later, the team announced that Krejci, who played last season in his native Chechnya, will return in 2022-23.
Bergeron received a $2.5 million deal with $2.5 million in incentives and Krejci received $1 million with an option to earn an additional $2 million. Bergeron is fourth on the Bruins’ all-time scoring list with 982, while Krejci is ninth with 730.
Bergeron, 37, and Krejci, 36, led the Bruins to the 2011 NHL Championship and two other trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. Boston lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes on May 14 and fired coach Bruce Cassidy three weeks later.
Jim Montgomery Cassidy was hired to replace him, and in The new coach said at the introductory press conference. Bergeron, a five-time Selke Cup winner, was his first call. Team CEO Charlie Jacobs said Bergeron is expected to return.
“So fingers crossed,” he said in July.
Bergeron has 400 goals and 582 assists in 18 seasons — all with the Bruins, who were selected in the second round of the 2003 draft. Since then, he has established himself as one of the league’s most dominant two-line players and one of the most respected players in the game.
When he does, the Bruins are expected to retire No. 37, making him the 12th player with the honor. He could be first-balloted for the Hockey Hall of Fame as soon as it’s over.
But now that won’t happen until at least 2026.
Krejci has 215 goals and 515 assists in 15 years in the NHL — also all with Boston — and led the Bruins in scoring at the 2011 Stanley Cup with 12 goals and 11 assists in 25 games. Last year, playing for HC Olomouc in his home country, he led the team with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points in 51 games.
Bergeron ranks third in Bruins history with 1,216 games played, and is fourth in goals, assists and points. He is second for the Original Six franchise with 47 playoff goals and 123 points.
Bergeron’s streak of 11 consecutive seasons as a Selke finalist — including this year — is the longest of top-three finishes for the NHL award, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record of 10 years as an MVP finalist. (Gretzky won the Hart Trophy nine times.)
Bergeron played 2021-22 without a forward contract and scored 25 goals on 40 shots for the first time in his career, helping the Bruins reach the playoffs for the 14th time in 18 seasons. They were eliminated by the Hurricanes in seven games.
“That’s why this probably hurts more, with him unknown for next year,” the future Brad MarchandThe second-longest player on the roster, he said after the Game 7 loss.
“He’s done a lot and sacrificed a lot for this team,” Margand said. “It would have been nice if we had a good run for him. So it’s disappointing.”
Bergeron was the last Boston player off the ice in Carolina, leading his teammates through a series of handshake lines against the Hurricanes and then staying on the ice to hug his teammates.
But he said he is undecided about his future.
“It’s tough when it ends like that,” Bergeron said after the game. “It’s annoying. It’s not the feeling you want. But that being said, we worked together.”
Bergeron. Krejci and Marchand are the only players left on the Bruins’ roster from the 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. Long time captain Methodology He left as a free agent and goalkeeper in 2020 Tukka Rask Midway through this season, he gave up on his comeback from hip surgery.
The Bruins have a 25-year-old. For David Pastor On offense, 24 years Charlie McAvoy In defense and at the age of 22 Jeremy Swayman in a net. Hampus LindholmThe 28-year-old was acquired midseason to bolster the defensive line, and Marchand is still one of the league’s most dangerous scorers at age 33.
But losing Bergeron would mark the end of the most successful era in team history since Big, Bad Bruins Hall of Famers Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Jerry Chevers and John Busyk.
“He’s the backbone of our team. He’s obviously the biggest part of our team,” Margand said after the game. “So, yes, we want him back. Regardless, he’s earned the right to make whatever decisions he wants and take whatever time he wants.”