Patrice Bergeron didn’t play for HC Lugano in the Swiss League on Wednesday because of an upper body injury. Fortunately, he’s only day-to-day, according to CSNNE’s source.
The source called Bergeron “fine,” which would make him the second major Boston Bruins player to suffer a minor injury this week.
Bruins starting goaltender Tuukka Rask recently pulled his groin while playing for HC Plzen of the Czech league. However, Rask downplayed the injury saying, “it is not serious.”
With a sizable chunk of the NHL’s top-tier players in Europe, there is a constant fear that one of them could suffer a serious injury that will impact the 2012-13 season when/if it’s finally salvaged.
For example, if the 2012-13 season were to start today, the New Jersey Devils would be at a disadvantage because blueliner Anton Volchenkov recently broke his foot during a KHL contest.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”
On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.
With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.
“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”
As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.
It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.