Saturday, July 13, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Bergeron Extension, Kruger, Islanders Defense, Condra, Zolnierczyk, McRae and Sabres First Draft Pick

The Boston Bruins have re-signed Patrice Bergeron to an 8-year, $52 million contract extension as reported at boston.com.  The 27 year-old Bergeron proved his grit and commitment to his team in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He suffered several injuries in an effort to propel the Bruins to victory.  Bergeron has played in 579 regular season games over nine seasons for Boston, garnering 433 points.  He also has 57 playoff points in 83 games.  In further NHL news:
  • The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed Marcus Kruger as reported by the Chicago Tribune.  The 23 year-old native of Sweden who centered the Blackhawks fourth line, contributed 13 points in 47 regular season games for Chicago this past season.  He also notched five points in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games en route to hoisting the Cup.  
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the New York Islanders have depth in their prospect pool when it comes to defensemen.  The team's depth at defense from a veteran standpoint was diminished with the trade of Mark Streit to the Philadelphia Flyers recently, increasing the need for their prospects to mature into elite NHL defensemen.    
  • Ken Warren of Senators Extra reports that the Ottawa Senators have re-signed their top penalty killer in Erik Condra.  The 26 year-old native of Michigan picked up 12 points this past season, playing in a full slate of 48 regular season games.  
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a two-year contact per the Post-Gazette.  The value of the contract is reported to be $550,000 for the 25 year-old winger.
  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that former St. Louis Blues' forward Philip McRae who was a second round draft pick by the team in 2008, has elected to play for Tappara Tampere in the Finnish Elite League next season.  
  • The Buffalo Sabres have signed their first round draft pick from 2013, Rasmus Ristolainen, to an entry level deal according to the Buffalo News.  

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