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Patrice Bergeron still has ‘lingering issues’ from his injuries 09.11.13 at 5:19 pm ET
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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.”

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Claude Julien: Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell ‘cleared’ for practice, not games yet at 1:02 pm ET
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Claude Julien speaks to reporters Wednesday at the opening of Bruins training camp in Boston. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Claude Julien speaks to reporters Wednesday at the opening of Bruins training camp in Boston. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

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.”

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Patrice Bergeron expects to be ‘good for the season’ 09.09.13 at 10:04 pm ET
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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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Patrice Bergeron skates at captains practice 09.08.13 at 12:11 pm ET
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According to the team’s Twitter account, Patrice Bergeron skated with teammates Sunday morning at Ristuccia Arena for captains practice, marking the first time he has skated with teammates this offseason as he returns from multiple injuries suffered in the Stanley Cup finals.

Bergeron spent three days in the hospital following the conclusion of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals due to a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder and a punctured lung. The 2012 Selke winner told the Boston Globe during Team Canada’s orientation camp last month that he expected to be ready for training camp, which begins on Wednesday.

Gregory Campbell, who was lost for the postseason after breaking his leg in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, began skating with teammates Friday and expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Bergeron, 28, signed an eight-year, $52 million contract this offseason.

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Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand all invited to Team Canada orientation camp 07.22.13 at 2:29 pm ET
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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic will all attend Team Canada orientation camp this August, as 47 Canadian players compete to represent their country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

While Lucic and Marchand will compete to play in the Olympics for the first time in their careers, Bergeron was a member of the 2010 team that won the gold medal in 2010. Bergeron is a member of the Triple Gold Club as a player who has won gold at the Olympics and World Junior Championships in addition to winning the Stanley Cup.

Claude Julien was named an assistant coach Monday for Team Canada, which will be led by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

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Bruins give Patrice Bergeron eight-year, $52 million extension 07.12.13 at 10:35 am ET
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The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed center Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension. The deal will begin in 2014-15, after the expiration go his four-year, $20 million deal signed prior to the start of the 2010 season expires.

The 27-year-old Bergeron becomes the second player to get an eight-year deal from the Bruins in as many days, as goaltender Tuukka Rask signed an eight-year, $56 million contract on Thursday. Bergeron’s cap hit will be $6.5 million starting in 2014-15, which will be the third-highest on the B’s behind Rask ($7 million) and Zdeno Chara ($6.91 million).

Bergeron, who won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward in 2011-12, has spent his entire professional career with the Bruins since being drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 579 career regular-season games, he has 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points. He has 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points in 83 career playoff games.

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Peter Chiarelli: Bruins ‘very, very close’ to extension with Patrice Bergeron 07.11.13 at 5:14 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that the Bruins are “very, very close” to re-signing center Patrice Bergeron. The 2011 Selke Trophy winner is entering the final season of a four-year, $20 million deal signed prior to the start of the 2010 season.

Bergeron, 27, has spent his entire professional career with the Bruins since being drafted in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 579 career regular-season games, he has 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points. He has 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points in 83 career playoff games.

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