Bergeron, Rask close to new deals

Updated: July 7, 2013, 9:20 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- After discussing at length the new addition of forward Jarome Iginla to the Boston Bruins, general manager Peter Chiarelli said the team is also "very close" on finalizing contract extensions for forward Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Bergeron's extension will likely keep the 27-year-old assistant captain in Boston for the remainder of his career. It will likely be upwards of eight-year extension worth more than $50 million. Bergeron recently spoke about the opportunity to play his entire career with the Bruins organization.

"It would mean a lot," he said. "That's the goal. Since the beginning, it's been a team that's believed in me when I was 18 and coming up. Now, like I've said before, it's my home and I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people and definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me and hopefully we can work something out."

Rask is seeking a seven- or eight-year deal close to $60 million.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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