BOSTON – While Patrice Bergeron has finally put the finishing touches on a healthy eight year, $52 million contract extension with the Bruins that begins in the 2014-15 season, his body is still working back up to 100 percent following the Stanley Cup Final.
Bergeron played in Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks with torn rib cartilage, a cracked rib, a separated shoulder and a punctured lung, and was still in recovery mode three weeks later. The 27-year-old center said everything is healing up according to schedule.
“It’s going well. It’s going the way that it should be. I still have — it’s going to be three weeks next Monday -- so I still have another week after that. I need to be off for four weeks,” said Bergeron. “I spoke to the doctors earlier this week, and they said I should not do anything for four weeks.
“It’s longer than expected I guess, but things are going well. I’m feeling good and I can’t wait to start working out again. [I can’t wait] to just get started to get ready for next year.”
Bergeron said he hadn’t heard anything about a Canadian Olympic Hockey Team orientation camp toward the end of summer that he’ll most certainly be invited to after winning a gold medal in 2010. There may be some question as to whether the B’s two-way center will be fully healed enough to participate in the camp when it does get finalized, but he wasn’t worried about any of the admittedly significant injuries spilling over into next season.
“It’s more about the lung, because they put a hole through my ribcage to let the air out and make sure my lung was going back to its place and staying there. Now the four weeks is really to make sure that everything heals and that it doesn't collapse again,” said Bergeron. “It’s really more of my lungs than anything else. My shoulder and my ribs are feeling better.
“It’s not one hundred percent, but I can do some rehab on my shoulder, bands, and stuff like that. But I can’t really increase my heart rate right now and do too much because of the injury on the lung.”
Bergeron will get the clearance to start working out again in the next couple of weeks, and will undoubtedly spend the summer putting in the same exact work that has made him one of the most well-conditioned Bruins throughout his nine-year career with the organization.