Bergeron feeling '100-percent' healthy after strained oblique

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Bergeron feeling '100-percent' healthy after strained oblique

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.

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere.