Agent: Bergeron's spirits are 'pretty good'


Agent: Bergeron's spirits are 'pretty good'

By Joe Haggerty

WILMINGTON There was no Patrice Bergeron with the rest of the Bruins when they started practice on Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and the two-way center is expected to miss the beginning of the Tampa Bay series no matter when it starts with a mild concussion.Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Sunday that there wont be daily updates on Bergeron as the team moves forward without the Lightning, but Bergerons agent, Kent Hughes, checked in with and said in an email that hopefully his recovery will be pretty quick.Theres no telling when Bergeron will be feeling good and cleared for skating again after suffering his third concussion in the last 3 years, but Hughes had one more piece of good news when asked about his spirits when the agent did speak with him.Pretty good, actually, replied Hughes in an email.A positive sign that Bergerons spirits are good a couple of days later after Peter Chiarelli described the center as despondent immediately after taking the Claude Giroux hit in the third period Friday night.

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Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Haggerty's Morning Skate: NHL teams aren't just making trades for themselves ahead of deadline

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while feeling like Warren Beatty took the sneaky way out by handing that wrong Academy Award card to Faye Dunaway last night. Clearly he knew something was amiss and he let her step into it. Kind of a weasel move if you asked me.

-- An interesting letter from FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle about the pay wall involving The Athletic sports website in Toronto.

-- Dean Lombardi and the Los Angeles Kings dealing for Ben Bishop is about more than just an insurance policy for Jonathan Quick.

-- FOH Mike Halford has the Minnesota Wild going for it with their trade for Martin Hanzal, but also keeping him from the other teams in the West.

-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the Penguins are in great shape after winning the Cup last spring, and it’s clear they’re in good hands after Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle opted not to sell the franchise.

-- Kyle Quincey is being held out of the lineup in New Jersey because of pending trades, and the wonder is who else in New Jersey might be getting dealt.

-- Gabriel Landeskog and his Colorado Avalanche teammates know the trade deadline is coming. It would certainly be weird if they didn’t.

-- The San Jose Sharks feel fortunate for the timing of their bye week as it was clear that they needed a break.

-- For something completely different: Gronk was busy doing Gronk things at the Daytona 500 over the weekend.