Patrice Bergeron, Bergy to his friends and to Bruins fans, is looking for a long-term contract. We have seen, particularly with the Red Sox, where that leads.
But Bergeron deserves it.
He is the anti-Aaron Hernandez. He played hurt and he played well. He spends nearly as much time in Children’s Hospital and the Franciscan Hospital for Children as he does on the ice.
He brings sick kids to the Garden to watch the Bruins. He wins more hearts than he does faceoffs, and he wins almost all his faceoffs.
Bergeron deserves a long-term contract on the merits of what he does on the ice.
But it’s what he does off the ice that seals the deal.