LAS VEGAS, NV Everybody remembers the weakened state that Patrice Bergeron finished in at the end of Bostons playoff run.
Limited by a strained oblique Bergeron was a shadow of himself in the final few games of the series against the Washington Capitals, and in a bitter twist of irony -- the face-off king wasnt able to take draws in Games 6 and 7. Bergeron had been playing through the injury for most of the series, but truly blew it out in a physically brutal Game 5 that saw the Bruins fall to the Caps at TD Garden.
It was clear how badly Bergeron was hurting while watching the hockey warrior lose battles hed customarily win in the decisive overtime loss in Game 7. But the two-way center still managed to top 19 minutes of ice time in each of those final few games while playing through the pain.
The Bs two-way center said that the stabbing pain from the strained obliqueis now 100-percent gone. Bergeron said it took 4-5 weeks for things to heal up, but hes skated several times without pain after giving himself a month to heal.
It took me a good month to get back to normal, and Im back to working out and feeling good, said Bergeron, who is in Vegas for the NHL Awards a finalist for the Selke Trophy given to the best defensive forward. For the first week it was getting treatment with Donnie DelNegro and Scottie Waugh and the guys, but after that its going to heal on its own. It did and I feel good.
I skated twice just to test it out and I feel pretty good. After three weeks I thought I was good, but I could still feel it. So I took another week off and started to feel better. Now Im back to normal.
Thats great news for a Bruins team that could very much use a fully healthy, energized Bergeron when things get going in September.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.
*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.
*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.
*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.
*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.
*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.
*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.
*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.
*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.
Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is profiling players who will be on, or have a chance to be on, the 2016-17 Bruins. Today: Jake DeBrusk.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.
*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.
*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.
*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.
*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.
*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.
*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.