Patrice Bergeron says he is ready to hit the ice on the first game of the season on 3rd Oct in Dallas. Speaking on Monday during the team annual charity tournament, he said that his groin issue is persistent and has been there most of his summer.
His groin issue started a few years ago and worsened last season during the Bruins playoff run. In July, he was administered with platelet-rich plasma to eliminate his rehab assignment scheduled for two weeks.
The 34-year-old added that he is slowly making his best on the ice. Bergeron has suffered several injuries in his career dating back to 2013 Stanley Cup Final. Some of the injuries include: torn rib cartilage, a broken rib, punctured lung, and a separated shoulder. Last season, he was sidelined for a month with a sternoclavicular injury.
Bergeron also had hernia surgery in the 2017 offseason, and he now believes he won’t need an operation to aid his ailing groin. He added that it might take time to heal, but it’s getting better. He concluded that he feels positive that he is ready to start the season.
Coach Cassidy focus is to start a young player and leave veteran like Bergeron. Bruins have been allocated six preseason games instead of the usual eight. The lineup is yet to be set, Cassidy is likely to take the youthful group to their first preseason games. The date for preseason games against Bruins are as follows:
- September 16 at New Jersey
- September 19 at Philadelphia
- September 21 at Chicago
- September 23 against Flyers
- September 25 against Devils
- September 28 against Blackhawks