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Claude Julien says Bergeron won’t return until he’s 100 percent

Posted By DJ Bean On May 15, 2011 @ 1:23 pm In General | No Comments

Patrice Bergeron [1] skated for the second straight day on Sunday, an encouraging sign as the Bruins await the concussed center’s return to the lineup. Coach Claude Julien [2] made clear Sunday at TD Garden that while Bergeron is progressing, the team has zero intention of rushing the 25-year-old back into the lineup.

“If he’€™s not 100 percent, he will never play,” Julien said. “Whether it’€™s regular season or playoffs, our organization, even before they tightened up the rules on that, there is no way we would ever do that to a player. That is too important to his personal lifestyle and the life he is going to lead after hockey that, that will always come before the game. It’€™s unfortunate, but that’€™s the way it should be.

“We believe in that and we are going to continue to enforce it, so the day you see Bergy back in our line-up, he will be 100 percent. If he’€™s not, you’€™re not going to see him.”

The concussion , which Bergeron suffered in the third period of Game 4 of the conference semifinals, is the third of the young center’s career. Bergeron leads the Bruins with 12 points this postseason.


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