Earlier this month, Patrice Bergeron contemplated the idea of being a lifelong Bruin.
Now he’s set up to achieve that goal.
On Friday, the Bruins signed Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million extension. The eight-year term, like the one goaltender Tuukka Rask signed Wednesday, is the maximum to which a team can re-up its players.
“We love the organization, we also love the city,” Bergeron said on a conference call Friday. “It really feels like home now. We don’t want to go anywhere else. So it was an easy decision for me and my family.
“Early on I wanted to stay in Boston. I said that when I signed my three-year deal. That’s why I signed an extension before going on the market, because I wanted to stay in Boston. Now it’s the same thing here — I want to retire as a Bruin.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.