Patrice Bergeron played through several significant injuries during the Stanley Cup Final and he hasn’t completely recovered from them.
“I still feel it in the rib area,” Bergeron told CSN New England. “It’s more about rotations and when I do core stuff, but I don’t think there are any limitations in any way. It’s about pain management at this point.”
The 28-year-old forward is confident that this won’t prevent him from taking part in training camp or being available for the Boston Bruins season opener and given what he’s already played through, it’s hard to question him. That being said, he hasn’t endured full contact yet.
In addition to the “tenderness” in his ribs stemming from his broken rib and torn cartilage, Bergeron is coming off of a separated shoulder and punctured lung.
Bergeron has established himself as one of the game’s best two-way centers over the last few years. He’s entering the final campaign of his current contract, but he’s already agreed to an eight-year, $52 million extension that will keep him with the Bruins through 2021-22.