NJ won't be paying him until then, they'll have a cap penalty. I would assume that if he were to decide to come back though, the NHL will consider his contract with the Devils still valid so he would not be a UFA.
Good point, since he retired he will not be getting paid.
The Boston media his horrible probably the WORST in the whole USA, followed by Philadelphia. I always thought Toronto had by far the worst but I guess Boston is really catching up to them which is not a positive. Wouldn't be surprised if Bergeron decides to walk and sign in a more quiet enviroment like Horton did.
There is a lot of homers in the media here, and none of them are happy about this deal.
Many people are very skeptical about the 8 years.
They all admit he is worth the 7mil, but they are very very worried about the term.
They also do not seem worried about fitting Bergie (as he is being called) under the cap.
I really wonder if they are going to spend lots of money on top end talent and not have enough for the vet leaders like a Shawn Thornton or Chis Kelly. Although Bergereon is quite the leader himself.
Last week the media was all happy to have Seguin gone, new week and they are worried about the lack of youth on this team!
Between the fickle fair weather fans and media in this area I would never want to play for a Boston team.
On your way in you are a character guy with flaws that can be fixed by "this locker room", on your way out you are a horrible person and every secret the team hid from the media and fans is released in about 3 days.
Look at how they destroyed Terry Francona on his way out, and that guy was/is a legend still in this area!
BTW: I would love Bergereon on the Wings, great character guy, and easily one of the top 3 defensive forwards in the game!
He joined the B's as a very young kid and has played exceptionally, I still remember the commercials he did with Raycroft when he was about 20. Shy kid, with a good personality!