The Boston Bruins await Patrice Bergeron’s decision on whether or not he will return for another NHL season. On Friday’s Toucher & Rich radio program, Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub joined the show to provide insight on the future of the six-time Selke Trophy winner. Also, what is David Krejci’s status for next season?
Parts of conversation are abbreviated for clarity.
Fred: I wanted to have you on because someone on the night show talked about the Bruins’ alleged noncommittal to Patrice Bergeron. In fact, the reports were that he was not coming back. Right? There was a report that he was leaning toward retirement.
But the team is leaving it up to him, so we’ll see. Are the Bruins operating like he’s not coming back?
Ty Anderson: No. I don’t know who had that report. I personally don’t agree with it. I do think he’s back. I don’t think David Krejci is coming back. But I do think Patrice Bergeron is.
This year is following a similar sort of calculus as last season, where they need to get their RFAs signed and then say, “Okay, we have X amount of cap space left now. Now we can sign Bergeron.”
The reason why he hasn’t signed is because he’s going to be the last order of business for them. They’ll have to work out another contract that’s mostly bonus incentives with a lower—maybe even league minimum—cap hit this year if he is to return. But I believe he’s coming back.
Fred: Okay. So you believe that the team is operating under that certainty?