Bruins talk NHL lockout at golf tournament

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Bruins talk NHL lockout at golf tournament

They were golfing on Monday, and by the looks of things, the Bruins may have plenty of free time for more golf this fall.

Claude Julien, Cam Neely, and a number of Bruins players took part in the team's annual charity golf tournament on Monday, but golf wasn't exactly on the minds of everyone in the organization.

The NHL lockout deadline is Saturday, and without a new CBA in place, it looks more and more likely that it'll occur.

CSNNE's Jessica Moran was on the scene, where Bruins players like Shawn Thornton and Andrew Ference don't seem particularly happy with the process to date.

"We want to fix the problem but we're not just going to take a 20-percent cut or a 24-percent cut or whatever it is across the board and give it to rich teams to get richer," Thornton told reporters. "That's not the answer. It didn't work last time, we were told it would, and now we're looking for solutions and I think our proposal addresses those issues."

But are the players optimistic in a deal soon? Unfortunately, no.

"I don't know if optimistic is the right word, not the way things have been going so far," Ference said. "It's pretty tough to be optimistic. You know, I think that at the beginning of the summer there were a lot of great talks. Hopefully that can continue."

But the talks have slowed, and the two sides are still far apart. The NHL has been through a lockout in the recent past, with many players bolting overseas. That will certainly be the case again.

"It would be the Czech Republic for sure," David Krejci said when asked where he would play if there was a lockout. "That's where I live, that's where I'm from, so that's my home. It would be Czech, but I'm here, I really hope it's going to start. It was a long summer.

"I want to play somewhere because I haven't played in a while," Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said. "If you don't play and you jump right in the NHL you have an eight-month layover and you could be a little rusty."

Rust could be an issue for the Bruins once the NHL season begins whenever that is. But rest and health certainly shouldn't be. Unless any players get injured while playing overseas, the B's should be plenty healthy for the upcoming season.

"Never felt so healthy, so it's good," Thornton said. "All the injuries have healed up. I think that's probably true across the board. I've seen the guys I've been skating with and everybody looks ready to go."

Coach Julien expects each and every player to show up in shape when the time comes.

"I don't think there's a single lazy player on our hockey club that would stop training or stop getting themselves ready for a season," he said, "because I think everybody is anticipating that there is going to be a season and that's the way it should be."

But that anticipation diminishes by the day.

Torey Krug had MCL injury in knee, 'had a chance' to play in Game 7

Torey Krug had MCL injury in knee, 'had a chance' to play in Game 7

BRIGHTON, Mass – Torey Krug said it wasn’t a definite, but that he might have been able to play in a Game 7 on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators if the Bruins had managed to survive last weekend’s overtime loss. Krug missed all six playoff games with an MCL strain in his right knee after getting hurt in the second-to-last game of the regular season against Ottawa, and had a tough time watching the playoff series knowing that he could have made a difference. 

The Bruins struggled to move the puck through the neutral zone against the 1-3-1 trap employed by the Senators in portions of the series, and the puck-moving Krug would have been a guy that could have certainly improved that situation greatly. 

“I was pretty close [to a return] and it just sucks that we didn’t have a crack at it with our full team. That was unfortunate,” said Krug, who finished the year fifth in the NHL among defensemen with a career 51 points during the regular season. “It was brutal. I love the playoffs and every player in here would say that they wanted to play and be a part of that. It’s tough for me because this group went through so much this year and we really grew and developed, and we had to work so hard just to get into the playoffs. 

“Then we get into the playoffs and we lose a bunch of guys to injuries. It just sucks for the other guys because we never really had a fair crack at it in the playoffs without the full lineup. I don’t think there were many teams that wanted to play us going into the playoffs [before the injuries].”

Krug said that the injury wouldn’t require any surgery after he’d resumed skating toward the end of last week, and he said he’d be healthy and interested in playing if Team USA called for his services for next month’s World Championships in Europe.  

Patrice Bergeron played season with sports hernia, may face surgery

Patrice Bergeron played season with sports hernia, may face surgery

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was pretty clear that Patrice Bergeron was battling through some sort of injury during this past season, and we finally found out what it was on Bruins break-up day at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday afternoon. 

Bergeron played the entire season with a sports hernia that happened in the final practice prior to the start of the 2016-17 regular season, and caused him to miss the first couple of games this season. The 31-year-old Bergeron had a bit of a down offensive season with 21 goals and 53 points, and got off to a very slow start to the regular season at least in part to playing through the nagging injury day-in and day-out. 

It was thought that perhaps Bergeron had re-injured the ankle that was a nagging problem for him at the end of last season, but No. 37 set the record straight now that the season is over. 

“We’re going to go through physicals today, but I’ve been going through a sports hernia all year. With the schedule it was definitely something that was nagging and was there for most of the year. But the breaks in the second half definitely helped make it feel a lot better,” said Bergeron. “It was one of those years where we fought and showed off a lot of character, but at the same time you never want to be satisfied and wish for better results.”

One has to wonder if participating in the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada contributed to Bergeron’s injury given how quickly all players ramped up for that tournament. The Selke Trophy finalist said it remains to be determined if the hernia injury will require surgery to repair, but Bergeron made it clear he “doesn’t want to go through the same thing again next season.”

So add another chapter to the book on Bergeron’s toughness and overall character after pushing through a season-long injury, and still performing well enough to help push the Black and Gold back into the playoffs this season.