By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON It was an encouraging first step, but thats all it was at this point in time for the Bruins. Two-way center Patrice Bergeron skated lightly with the Black Aces on the TD Garden ice around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, and took the first small step toward potentially returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bergeron has been out eight days with a mild concussion suffered in a collision with Flyers forward Claude Giroux, and the 25-year-old must have enjoyed a rapid recovery. The Bruins use a uniform protocol for concussion and there must be seven day absence of concussion symptoms before a player is allowed to engage in physical activity.A source close to the team told CSNNE.com that Bergeron would attempt strenuous skating or raising his heart rate prior to the teams departure for Tampa on Wednesday and theres a real possibility barring any setbacks the valuable center could return around Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning.Chris Kelly said that Bergeron had a little bit of a sweat going when he saw the center in the Bs dressing room following the skating session, but Bs coach Claude Julien downplayed Bergerons activity level.He went out and had a light skate this morning, said Julien. Thats where hes at right now. It was just a light skate on his own. This is something thats just protocol. Hes going through the normal stuff. He just got off the ice and we went on.It goes without saying, however, that any setback in Bergerons progress would likely rule him out for the series, and could very well take place given the centers history of three concussions in the last 3 12 years.Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while knowing that “Saturdays are for the boys” no longer exists once you are married with kids…except during glorious bachelor party weekends, which are few and far between.
*Congrats to Patrick Williams, who was named the Ellery Award winner for his great coverage of all things at the AHL level. Well deserved, Pat!
*A really moving, heartbreaking and also life-affirming tribute from Bobby Ryan to his recently-passed mother after his childhood experience really forged a bond.
*The Tyson Barrie/Colorado Avalanche arbitration case has a chance to get messy, and that may be a very good thing for teams hoping a D-man suddenly becomes available.
*Some great stories about the hockey movies made over the last 30 years including Sudden Death, Mystery Alaska and Slap Shot.
*Kudos to Gabriel Landeskog, who has joined an organization attempting to advise athletes on recovery from concussions after his scary experiences.
*The focus of P.K. Subban’s philanthropy is on the kids, a thing made abundantly clear by his generous pledge to raise $10 million from a Montreal children’s hospital.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper over at Yahoo! Sports on Murray Craven as a bit of an “Everything Man” for the new Las Vegas expansion franchise.
*For something completely different: what a great American and Patriot looks like, even if the Republicans and Trump don’t seem to think so.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while using “malarkey” in my day-to-day vocabulary as much as possible.
-- Dale Tallon was promoted with the Florida Panthers to accentuate his strengths as a talent evaluator, but maintains that he still has final say on hockey decisions.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has another young D-man off the board with the Wild’s Matthew Dumba signing a two year, $5.1 million deal with Minnesota.
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my take on the negotiations between Brad Marchand and the Bruins: There’s a couple of good signs at the outset of negotiations.
-- The Arizona Coyotes are stressing the defensive side of things in a big, big way, and it appears to be part of John Chayka’s master plan.
-- Alex Pietrangelo would be a natural selection to replace David Backes as the next captain of the St. Louis Blues.
-- A moving letter from Sens forward Bobby Ryan to his recently passed mother is up at the Players Tribune website.
-- Chris Kreider has re-signed with the New York Rangers, and plans to get out of his head and onto the score sheet more often.
-- For something completely different: Jerod Mayo will bring a new voice to Tom E. Curran’s Quick Slants program on our very own CSN network.