The Boston Bruins have re-signed center Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension, effective 2014-15.

Bruins re-sign Bergeron to 8-year deal.

Bruins re-sign Patrice Bergeron to 8-year deal.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergeron was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Bruins, however, were allowed to re-sign him once this year’s free agent market opened. The contract will be worth an average annual cap hit of $6.5 million, though no word yet if that will also be his actual salary per season.

This move shouldn’t surprise anyone, especially given Bergeron’s playoff heroics this spring.  Playing through a myriad of injuries in the Stanley Cup Final has now passed into Bruins lore. Had the Bruins won the Stanley Cup this year, it would’ve been between he and teammate Tuukka Rask for the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

Bergeron, 27, is considered among the NHL’s best two-way centers, winning the Selke Trophy in 2012. He was also key component in the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

The only concern, however, is his concussion history. He played only ten games in 2006-07 due to a career-threatening concussion, and since 2008-09 missed a total of 23 games to concussion symptoms. Still, if Bergeron avoids another serious head injury, he’ll be worth every penny of this new contract to the Bruins.