Berard Reportedly Close To Signing With Bruins is reporting that UFA defencemen Bryan Berard is close to signing a contract with the Boston Bruins. Berard, who played last season with the NY Rangers, will reportedly receive a deal for 1 year, worth $850, 000 with a club option for a second year at $1.3 million UNLESS Berard scores 36 points or more in which case it becomes his option for the second year.