The Minnesota Wild made a pitch to Nick Foligno that the Boston Bruins simply couldn’t match. Or so you’d think, anyway, with Marcus Foligno, Nick’s younger brother, on Minnesota’s roster and urging his big brother to join him.
But with the help of a phone call from Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron, Nick ultimately chose the Bruins over a Minnesota team-up with brother Marcus, which Marcus made sure to bring up at the start of Wild training camp earlier this week.
“I don’t know if it was the call from Patrice Bergeron that carried more weight than a call from his brother,” Marcus cracked.
Well, it did, as Nick revealed with a smile Friday.
“Bergy’s got a few more accolades up on the wall,” Foligno said with a laugh. “Sorry, Marcus. One day, you’ll get there. Poor kid. What a jerk for saying that.”
But the decision obviously went Bergeron’s mantle of Selkes and a pair of Olympic golds, as the Bruins simply lined up with Foligno, who has never been beyond the second round of postseason play in his career, more than the Wild in 2021.
“It was a tough decision,” Foligno, who comes to the Bruins after a 2021 season that started in Columbus but ended in Toronto, admitted. “I’ve obviously always made it known that I want to play with my brother. But just the fit here [in Boston] and the timing, I think more or less [with] what their team is going through and where this team is trying to get through right now just lined up a little bit with me, so I’m pumped to be here but I’ll have to make a phone call to Marcus.”
Foligno, who signed a two-year deal worth $7.6 million to join the Bruins, skated on a line with Jake DeBrusk and Erik Haula for the second straight session Friday, and is beginning to find his fit within the mix.
“I said when I started camp that I felt like a rookie again,” said Foligno. “Just not knowing where to go, asking dumb questions — not that all rookies ask dumb questions but the majority of them do. But the guys have been great. I think for me, playing this long, you just got to jump in with two feet and think they’ve allowed me to do that. And then the well-talked about leadership group here and the rest of the guys as well have been outstanding.
“It’s a good culture. And it’s one of the things that drew me to this place and it’s allowed me to be myself and I’m having a lot of fun.”
And in case you’re wondering, the Foligno Bros will have their first head-to-head of the 2021-22 season on Jan. 6, 2022 at TD Garden.
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