Forward Patrice Bergeron does not have a valid contract with the Boston Bruins in anticipation of the next season, but to hear general manager Don Sweeney, we must expect the return of the Quebecer to the bosom of the club in 2022-2023.
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The GM spoke to the media on Wednesday, on the eve of the National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Bell Centre.
Regarding the captain of the formation whose agreement took this year, he was optimistic, even if the player concerned - who had surgery on his elbow - has not yet confirmed his return to play.
“My discussions with Patrice went well. His fitness is going well...we're excited to know that he plans to play and look forward with what we believe is a positive attitude," Sweeney said, as reported by the Bruins' Twitter account.
“He had an operation on his elbow for a reason and in my opinion it was not just to feel better during the summer. I'm starting to feel a little more confident that he'll head in the direction we want," President Cam Neely added.
Bergeron, 36, has completed an eight-year, $55 million pact. He began his reflection on his professional future several weeks ago, he who will be technically free as air from Wednesday. However, the number 37 has claimed that he will wear the Bruins uniform if he decides to play another campaign.
DeBrusk et ... Krejci
Asked about other files, Sweeney clarified that Jake DeBrusk had indeed given up demanding a transaction.
Some observers have made the link with the change of guard behind the bench, Jim Montgomery taking the place of Bruce Cassidy, fired despite collecting 107 points during the regular season.
“It’s true, he put aside his request. [...] We are very happy that Jake has moved on with his feelings for the Boston Bruins and wants to be with us.
“He had a whole second half of the season, recalled the DG. He deserves all the credit for this increase in production. We expect to see him again. On the other hand, if there are opportunities to improve the team - and Jake knows this - we will take a look at them.
Speaking of possible improvements, the case of David Krejci came to the surface. The forward left Boston last year to return to the Czech Republic and be closer to his family, but the Bruins' option for the upcoming season remains a possibility.
“I have been in contact with David and his representatives. He spent a lot of time deciding with his family what he will do. The conversations went well. It's about when he decides and if we will be the club he chooses," Sweeney said.