September 4, 2010 // 9:53am ET
Bruins want Chara, Bergeron inked long-term
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Bruins stars Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron are entering the final year of their respective contracts and the team would like to sign them to extensions, reports the Boston Globe.

Chara has an annual cap hit of $7.5 million, while Bergeron's is $4.75 million.

According to the Globe, the Bruins would like to iron out new contracts before the start of the regular-season next month.

"We had our initial talks," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told the paper. "They were good, so we said, 'Let's follow up, we're heading in the right direction.' "

With the NHL and the Players' Association amending the Collective Bargaining Agreement early this morning as it relates to long-term contracts and player cap hits as they approach 40-years-old.

Chara, 33, could be due for a slight raise, though the length of a contract will undoubtedly be affective by the changes made to the CBA.

Bergeron, 25, is not likely to see the same contractual hesitations as Chara, given his age.

"Patrice is still a young player," Chiarelli said. "He knows there's more to his game. We're on the same page in that regard. He has a well-rounded, two-way game. But he's still only 25. We've seen areas where he's improved offensively."

Files from: Boston Globe

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