|09.11.13 at 5:19 pm ET|
No one could’ve expected Patrice Bergeron to be back at 100 percent so soon.
As it turns out, Bergeron himself admitted Wednesday that he’s still dealing with some aches and pains from the multitude of injuries he sustained in order to help the Bruins try to win the Stanley Cup in late June.
He was back in front of his locker Wednesday for the start of training camp and even passed the conditioning test that allows him to take part in full practices with his team.
To recap, Bergeron suffered a separated shoulder, broken rib, torn rib cage cartilage and, most serious of all, a punctured lung between Games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Blackhawks.
To see him back on Wednesday for the start of training camp was a great sign but as Claude Julien cautioned later, he still hasn’t been cleared for preseason games.
“If I feel fine in the first couple of practices, and I feel like I can bang around and play physical in the 1-on-1 stuff on the ice, I’ll pretty much feel like I’ll be ready to get going and move forward,” Bergeron said, before acknowledging that he still has to be cautious early on in camp. “I guess the next couple of days will really tell me where I stand with the lingering issues.”
This summer, Bergeron spent most of his time rehabbing instead of traditional training.
“Honestly, I’ve been able to do most of my workouts,” Bergeron said. “It just took me more time to start that and get that going. So, I was doing a lot of rehab early on and after that it was more issues with core and reaching out on my sides too much so I’m not doing too many core exercises and stay away from that as much as possible but otherwise, I was able to do pretty much everything.”
And when he wasn’t rehabbing, he was busy getting married to his longtime girlfriend Stephanie Bertrand.
“It went well,” Bergeron said. “It was a fun day and everything went well.”
Bergeron and Gregory Campbell became icons for Boston sports in the spring when both played through remarkable pain to help the Bruins in the playoffs. Bergeron heard a lot of praise over the summer and offered perspective on it on Wednesday.
“I’ve been told that a few times and to be honest, I’ve talked to Soupy a couple of times already about it,” Bergeron said. “We don’t feel like it was anything special, anything extraordinary to be honest with you. We felt like we were just trying to do our job. Same thing for me, I was just trying to be out there and help the team as much as possible on the ice. I’m 100 percent positive that all the guys would’ve done the same thing, especially late in the season in the finals like that. You want to be out there, helping your teammates out.”
|09.11.13 at 4:00 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their roster for training camp Wednesday, with 51 players set to hit the ice for the B’s. Players did off-ice conditioning Wednesday and will begin practices on Thursday.
One notable takeaway from the groupings is that the projected members of the top two lines are in the same groups. Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla are all in Group B, while Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson are in Group A.
The two groups are as follows:
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Scott Campbell, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Jack Downing, Loui Eriksson, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Chris Kelly, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Matt Lindblad, Brad Marchand, Bobby Robins, Reilly Smith
Defensemen: Johnny Boychuk, Chris Casto, Dougie Hamilton, Mike Moore, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg, Steven Spinell, David Warsofsky
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg
Forwards: Anthony Camara, Gregory Campbell, Craig Cunningham, Alex Fallstrom, Rob Flick, Matt Fraser, Jarome Iginla, Nick Johnson, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille, Tyler Randell, Carl Söderberg, Ryan Spooner, Shawn Thornton
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Zdeno Chara, Tommy Cross, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Ben Youds
Goaltenders: Chad Johnson, Adam Morrison, Malcolm Subban
|09.11.13 at 1:02 pm ET|
On the first day of training camp, Bruins coach Claude Julien announced what would likely be considered good news by all Bruins followers.
Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell both passed their conditioning drills and have been cleared for full practice with the team. Bergeron suffered a punctured lung, a broken rib, a separated shoulder and damaged cartilage at the end of the Stanley Cup finals in late June. Campbell suffered a broken right leg blocking a slap shot from Evgeni Malkin in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
“They’re going to practice with us, they’re going to be on the ice,” Julien announced Wednesday afternoon during his first full press conference of camp. “When it comes time to play those exhibition games, it’ll be obviously a conversation again with our trainers, making sure that if they’re going to play, there’s not a risk factor.”
The Bruins open their seven-game preseason next Monday night in Montreal against the Canadiens, and it’s unlikely either player would be ready to play, though Julien did leave some wiggle room on Wednesday.
“Right now, I would tell you that they would not be cleared to play a game if we started today but that might chance in the upcoming day or in a week from now,” Julien said. “They can practice with the team. It’s just about playing in an exhibition game.”
Julien also confirmed that everyone who took the conditioning test on Wednesday passed. Julien said he took the excellent conditioning of his team as a sign of where they’re at as a group.
“I don’t think I’m going to need time in camp to assess [conditioning or mentality],” Julien said. “I feel it right now. I think our group is in the right place. I like the feeling of our hockey club right now. These tests today just kind of solidified what I thought. Guys are in great shape. It would’ve been easy guys, after finishing so late, to just kind of shut ‘er down for the summer. But they’ve kept themselves in great and they look excited to get off to a new start here.”
|09.10.13 at 1:15 pm ET|
According to ESPN’s Craig Custance, former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is nearing a decision on where he will play this coming season. Thomas took last season off for personal reasons and was traded to the Islanders for a conditional pick that did not vest since he did not play.
Tim Thomas closing in on a decision. Possibly today. Discussions continue with multiple teams.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) September 10, 2013
It’s been a strange summer for Thomas, who turned 39 in May. He became a free agent at the expiration of his deal in July, but did not express his intentions to play in 2013-14 until the first day of free agency (which he did through then-agent Bill Zito).
Then, after Zito negotiated an eight-year, $56 million contract for Tuukka Rask, Zito left his agency (Acme Sports) to become the assistant general manager of the Blue Jackets. Thomas is now represented by Markus Lehto of Acme Sports. Lehto has denied that Thomas will sign with a team on Tuesday.
Tim Thomas's agent Markus Lehto says his cleint won't sign today. Says he's having several discussions with teams.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) September 10, 2013
Lehto says Thomas wants to be a #1 goalie – not backup which would rule the #Canucks out.
— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) September 10, 2013
|09.10.13 at 11:36 am ET|
Talk all things Bruins with DJ Bean on the eve of training camp on Tuesday at 2 p.m., then tune into Bruins Midnight Madness on WEEI at midnight as Mike Salk, DJ Bean and Naoko Funayama get you prepared for a new season.
|09.09.13 at 10:04 pm ET|
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said Monday prior to the team’s annual golf tournament that he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Bergeron skated with teammates for the first time Sunday after an offseason that saw him recover from a number of injuries late in the Stanley Cup finals. The 2012 Selke winner spent three days in the hospital after the Blackhawks took the Cup, with a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder a punctured lung ailing him. Bergeron said that he wasn’t able to train at all in the first month-plus of the postseason while his lung healed, but that gave his shoulder plenty of time to heal as well.
As for lingering pain, Bergeron admitted that there is still some discomfort in the rib area, something he said was due to either the cartilage or the rib still healing.
“I’m still feeling some tenderness in the rib area but it’s been pretty good,” Bergeron said. “I’ve been able to do most of my workouts and I’ve gone on the ice the last few weeks and felt good. I feel pretty confident I’ll be good for the start of camp and good for the season.”
Bruins camp begins Wednesday.
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|09.09.13 at 8:02 pm ET|
One fool’s observations while watching “Behind the B” ….
8:01: Really cool that they show them in there after Game 6. Remember Krejci staying in his pads, crying. Crazy scene. Nobody likes losing, but Krejci really hates it.
8:03: Torey Krug is the first player mentioned. Salk’s been hanging around NESN too much.
8:05: Leary says “dry spells” is what caused Bruins to consider trading Seguin. That’s borderline libel.
8:09: So they all sat around a table and said Seguin was like Kessel.
8:11: Why Horton wouldn’t negotiate with Bruins will always be a mystery. Had it on very good authority leading into offseason he had interest in staying on a longer-term deal.
8:12: Really refreshing to see that Bruins, throughout all their “he’s young and getting better” talk, thought the same thing the rest of us did about Seguin. He was a timid player and the character concerns were real.
8:18: Loui Eriksson’s handshake is so underrated.
8:18: That’s the biggest watch I’ve ever seen. Totally underrated accessory.
8:18: It would have been really underrated of them to TURN THE LOUD AIR CONDITIONING OFF.
8:22: This is the best episode of “Property Brothers” ever.
8:26: First Lucic sighting. Stop showing game clips. This isn’t called “In Front of the B.”
8:28: A main character has a baby? This show has jumped the shark.
8:29: Lucic was gushing his first day back after his wife had their daughter. He said one of the reasons they named her Valentina was because he didn’t want her to have a name people could mispronounce.
8:33: The “We didn’t get Jarome Iginla” press conference was the most fascinating thing I’ve ever seen. Such a strange day.
8:36: Though Lucic and Iginla are very interesting players, this isn’t behind the scenes. Behind the scenes is the draw here.
8:41: Leary on prospects: ”They may not be able to bowl.” Thanks for killing their trade value.
8:42: John Whitesides with the first two F-bombs of the series.
8:43: Make it three.
8:44: I’ve never seen someone as happy to have to exercise for punishment as Subban.
8:45: Make it four. Five. Jesus. Six.
8:45: Seven. Eight.
8:47: Players are on the ice, working with coaches. Off camera, John Whitesides is probably swearing.
8:54: Tuukka sighting. More F-words on the way?
8:56: Whitesides has said the F-word eight times. Tuukka has made six jokes about how his brother is his caddy. This will be close.
8:58: Good candidates for spinoffs: Krejci, Tuukka, Whitesides, Seguin.
8:58: There’s that seventh caddy joke.
9:00: All in all it was OK. The percentage of it that was legitimate behind-the-scenes stuff (maybe 10 percent) was amazing. The rest was not. Considering the interesting stuff was front office stuff, that doesn’t bode well for how good this show will be when moves aren’t being made. That said, it will be interesting if they show a good amount of dressing room stuff like speeches, in-between-period talk, etc.