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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 14: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the first period against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on April 14, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron has reportedly made his decision for the 2022-23 season, and it’s a good one for the Bruins, as it will feature a return to Boston for a 19th NHL season.

The update on Bergeron came via Worcester T+G writer Joe McDonald, and word of Bergeron’s expected return to the Bruins had grown over the last week, a source confirmed to 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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The 36-year-old Bergeron willingly entered the 2021-22 season in the final year of his contract, and talked openly about taking things on a year-to-year basis. Bergeron kept it tight-lipped throughout the season, too, and consistently (but politely) shut down any talk about his future plans whenever asked during the regular season and postseason.

Speaking on break-up day following the team’s first-round loss to the Hurricanes, Bergeron stressed that he needed more time to make his decision, and did the same in his Zoom call following his record-breaking fifth Selke Trophy earlier this month.

In addition to his continued two-way dominance, Bergeron remained a potent offensive threat, and finished this past season with 25 goals and 65 points in 73 games played, along with three goals and seven points in seven playoff games.

Bergeron’s reported decision takes at least one worry off the B’s plate, and will allow the team to zone in on who they’re going to hire as their next head coach and hammer out an expected (and inevitable) extension for general manager Don Sweeney.

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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.