Why it might be time to worry about Patrice Bergeron

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Patrice Bergeron
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Patrice Bergeron /

The  Boston Bruins forward is aiming for a weekend return but what should we expect?

Patrice Bergeron is the backbone of the Boston Bruins offense. The 4-time Selke award winner is one of the best two way forwards in the league and a beast in the faceoff circle. Bergeron though has yet to play a game so far this season due to a lower-body injury.

Bergeron suffered the injury in training camp and has given glimmers of hope by practicing with the team but once again on Tuesday he was absent from practice.

Following that practice, B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that Bergeron wouldn’t be playing in the team’s next game versus the Avalanche.

"“Obviously [Bergeron] didn’t skate today and he’s out [vs. Colorado], but we’re aiming for the weekend. I don’t know ‘it’s gotten worse’ is the right way to put it, I would guess that it hasn’t responded well to treatment would be a good way to put it,” said Cassidy. “We want to be cautious, but we don’t want it to be him chasing it all year, so let’s give him the appropriate amount of time. As you know, that could change if the urgency level of everything goes up. We’re not trying to hide anything here. It’s just, he’s not 100 percent, doesn’t feel ready, so we’re going to give him the time that’s needed.”"

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That doesn’t sound like a statement of confidence from Cassidy. The Boston Bruins are making the right move by resting Bergeron though.

We all know how tough he is playing through broken ribs and sports hernia’s, but if the Bruins want to make an extended run in the playoffs they are gonna need Bergeron to be as close to 100% as possible. So if that means resting him until he’s absolutely 100% over this weird lower-body injury that’s what the Boston Bruins need to do.

Hopefully, Bergy comes back this weekend as stated, but it will be interesting to see how he performs. After the multiple injuries he has racked up over the last couple years it’s fair to ask if we can expect the same player that we have seen in past years.

I believe that at least starting off we shouldn’t expect Bergeron to just hop into the lineup and start having great games. Once he gets some games under his belt I think we will see the Bergeron we know and love. A player who is an effective two way forward and will be teeing up shots for linemate Brad Marchand as well as getting some goals for himself.

Now if Bergeron misses another week or two it is time to worry. This lower-body injury would seem to be affecting Bergeron a lot. He would be missing almost a month of the season which no one could have expected.

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After the sorry performance the team put up on Monday they need a leader like Bergeron to rally the troops, and hopefully we will see him on the ice soon.