Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy believes that No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron, among other players recovering from injuries over the offseason, will be ready at the start of training camp. By extension, the group should be good to go for the start of the 2018-19 regular season.
Bergeron is recovering from groin surgery he underwent in June. This marks the second year in a row that Bergeron started the season late due to groin issues before addressing the injuries with offseason surgery.
Cassidy told the Boston Globe's Matt Porter at a charity golf tournament in Andover that Bergeron may miss some of the preseason, which starts on Sept. 15 against the Calgary Flames in China. But the head coach is not worried about his top-line pivot, who just turned 33 on July 24.
"I don’t have any reason to believe he wouldn’t be [ready for the start of the regular season]," Cassidy said. "But I guess until they get on the ice and skating, it’s hard for me to project that. ... I think he’ll be fine."
Bergeron also missed time in the middle of the 2017-18 season due to a broken foot. Despite playing in just 64 games, he scored 30 goals and 63 points and added 16 point in 11 playoff games. Bergeron also managed to earn another nomination for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, but did not win for a fifth time.
Cassidy says he also believes Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, who are both recovering from serious ankle injuries, will be ready for the start of camp. Jake DeBrusk (shoulder), David Backes (concussion), and Noel Acciari (groin) are also expected back in time.
The regular season opens for the Bruins on Oct. 3, when they face the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals as they raise their championship banner at Capital One Arena.
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