Patrice Bergeron believes the Bruins are nonetheless in good fingers with their present management group

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

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Boston.
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 choice to play in Boston’s last regular-season sport or his name to hold up his skates this summer time, Bergeron is at peace with how he closed out his standout profession.

“Loads of indicators throughout the season sort of led me in the direction of that call on the finish,” Bergeron mentioned. “However in fact, you end the common season with the perfect document ever, you’re aspiring [for] nice issues within the playoffs. In fact it was a really disappointing ending for everybody, particularly for us as gamers having to undergo all that.

“So yeah, I assume for a bit little bit of time I used to be second-guessing it and sort of pondering, however on the identical time, there have been too many issues and too many indicators. In fact 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 appropriate choice for myself and for my household, and it was to hold ’em up.”

In fact, whereas Bergeron has no qualms along with his choice, 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 workforce’s ahead corps for near 20 years.

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

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

“I’ve no worries in any respect,” Bergeron defined. “I feel Monty, he’s obtained some expertise, he’s been round for a very long time. He’s received at each stage and I feel additionally the fellows which can be there, it’s lots of the identical guys coming again … They know what to do. They’re going to be themselves and so they’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 duplicate 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 be capable of accrue factors at a gentle charge thanks a largely intact defensive unit and goaltending combo that led the league in targets allowed per sport final winter at 2.12 — properly forward of second-place Carolina (2.56 targets allowed per sport).

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 be capable of stay within the playoff hunt.

“In fact, yearly you need to sort of reassess and are available collectively as a workforce,” 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 typically. But in addition some new gamers coming in and the largest problem is to make that gel and are available collectively.

“However I feel it’s an ideal problem and that’s what I feel folks needs to be enthusiastic about. I feel they’ve some guys that they know what route they need to go in the direction of and I’m certain they’re gonna make guys observe swimsuit and Monty’s obtained the brains so far as a hockey coach and the best way that he explains, but in addition he’s nice to narrate to guys and join with them. So yeah, I feel they’re in nice fingers.”

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 workforce,” Bergeron mentioned. “I feel there’s clearly Brad, the place I’ve been with for therefore lengthy and we have now a connection. We’re superb pals and I’ve lots of respect for him and when he’s carried out and what he’s been in a position to accomplish thus far in his profession. I feel he’s obtained an increasing number of to offer.

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


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