Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 16: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins is announced before the Bruins home opener against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden on October 16, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron was given an extra day off Tuesday, as the 36-year-old was not on the ice for Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.

“He was just given a maintenance day,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked about Bergeron’s status. “He’ll be with us tomorrow.”

Aaaaaand exhale. Well, maybe?

It’s worth noting that the Bruins had Monday off, so in essence, Bergeron was given an extra day off. That’s not necessarily unheard of, but with the B’s having one of the league’s easier workloads to date, it stands to reason that Boston’s top-line center is indeed battling a little something something after Saturday’s head-to-head with the Panthers.

Perhaps it stems from his first-period collision with Florida’s Gustav Forsling, even though Bergeron did not miss a shift following the collision, and finished with three shots and 17 faceoff victories in 17:46 of action in the win.

It’s been an oddly quiet start to the 2021-22 season for Bergeron, too, with zero goals on 17 shots and three assists through seven games this season.

But that aforementioned light workload helps if this is more than your average maintenance, as the Bruins will not return to the ice until Thursday night, and will have another extended break later this month.

“You’re gonna value this time at some point,” Cassidy said of the latest layoff. “It helps you recover. We’ve had a couple guys out; I don’t want to say catch our breath because we haven’t had to catch our breath, but maybe heal a little bit.”

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