Bruins sign Axelsson to three-year extension

Updated: March 23, 2006, 4:47 PM ET

BOSTON -- P.J. Axelsson won a gold medal in February. Now he has a new contract.

 P.J. Axelsson

The Boston Bruins signed the veteran left wing to a three-year extension on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Axelsson, 31, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 59 games this season before suffering a sprained knee in a March 1 contest against Carolina. He has not played since, missing Boston's last 11 games.

Regarded as one of the NHL's top defensive forwards, Axelsson won a gold medal with Sweden in the Winter Olympics last month.

After being drafted in the seventh round in 1995, Axelsson played four years in the Swedish Elite League with Frolunda Goteborg before joining the Bruins. He set career highs with 17 goals and 19 assists in 2002-03.

Axelsson has 74 goals and 127 assists in 592 games -- all with the Bruins.