September 23, 2023


“I feel it is an important problem and that is what I feel folks ought to be enthusiastic about.”

Patrice Bergeron opted to hold up his skates again in late July. AP Photograph/Michael Dwyer

Patrice Bergeron doesn’t have loads of regrets lately.

The previous Bruins captain shared that sentiment a number of instances throughout his radio look with WEEI’s “Greg Hill Present” throughout Tuesday’s WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

Whether or not it’s his resolution to play in Boston’s remaining regular-season recreation or his name to hold up his skates this summer time, Bergeron is at peace with how he closed out his standout profession.

“A variety of indicators throughout the season type of led me in direction of that call on the finish,” Bergeron mentioned. “However after all, you end the common season with one of the best file ever, you’re aspiring [for] nice issues within the playoffs. After all it was a really disappointing ending for everybody, particularly for us as gamers having to undergo all that.

“So yeah, I assume for slightly little bit of time I used to be second-guessing it and type of pondering, however on the identical time, there have been too many issues and too many indicators. After all the physique is primary, and all of the mileage I placed on myself and the quantity of video games and quantity of years. Sadly, it simply led me to make the precise resolution for myself and for my household, and it was to hold ’em up.”

After all, whereas Bergeron has no qualms together with his resolution, his exit does create a large void on a 2023-24 Bruins roster that has seen a big core of expertise sapped away this summer time.

With David Krejci additionally retiring, Boston is with out its 1-2 punch down the center that helped anchor the crew’s ahead corps for near 20 years.

A extreme cap crunch additionally pressured Don Sweeney to deal away winger Taylor Corridor and stored the crew on the sidelines when gamers like Tyler Bertuzzi and Dmitry Orlov left in free company.

Nonetheless, Bergeron stays bullish on the Bruins’ possibilities of remaining aggressive this season, particularly with each Jim Montgomery and various established leaders nonetheless on the helm within the dressing room.

“I’ve no worries in any respect,” Bergeron defined. “I feel Monty, he’s acquired some expertise, he’s been round for a very long time. He’s received at each stage and I feel additionally the blokes which are there, it’s plenty of the identical guys coming again … They know what to do. They’re going to be themselves they usually’re going to cleared the path they lead and I’ve no worries about that in any respect, to be trustworthy with you.”

Boston will be unable to copy each Bergeron and Krejci’s playmaking capabilities and two-way acumen.

However even when Boston’s offensive firepower take a step again in 2023-24, the Bruins ought to have the ability to accrue factors at a gradual charge thanks a largely intact defensive unit and goaltending combo that led the league in objectives allowed per recreation final winter at 2.12 — properly forward of second-place Carolina (2.56 objectives allowed per recreation).

Add within the return of 60-goal scorer David Pastrnak, different top-six wingers in Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk, in addition to gamers with room to develop like Pavel Zacha, and Bergeron believes Boston ought to have the ability to stay within the playoff hunt.

“After all, yearly you wish to type of reassess and are available collectively as a crew,” Bergeron mentioned. “There’s at all times some transferring components. It’s the character of the sport that some guys go away and a few guys retire as properly generally. But in addition some new gamers coming in and the most important problem is to make that gel and are available collectively.

“However I feel it’s an important problem and that’s what I feel folks ought to be enthusiastic about. I feel they’ve some guys that they know what course they wish to go in direction of and I’m positive they’re gonna make guys observe swimsuit and Monty’s acquired the brains so far as a hockey coach and the best way that he explains, but additionally he’s nice to narrate to guys and join with them. So yeah, I feel they’re in nice palms.”

As for which Bruin will don the “C” on their sweater now that Bergeron has retired, the long run Corridor-of-Famer opted to not speculate, including that the present roster has many deserving candidates.

“I’m not anxious about management on this crew,” Bergeron mentioned. “I feel there’s clearly Brad, the place I’ve been with for thus lengthy and we have now a connection. We’re superb associates and I’ve plenty of respect for him and when he’s executed and what he’s been in a position to accomplish to this point in his profession. I feel he’s acquired an increasing number of to present.

“Clearly there’s Charlie McAvoy, there’s Pasta, there’s plenty of guys and it’s less than me to determine. I feel they’re in nice palms with management and I’ll let Monty and the remainder of his employees type of make the choice.”