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The mystery surrounding Patrice Bergeron's injury continues

Ty Anderson
October 10, 2017 - 2:37 pm

The confounding mystery surrounding the lower-body injury that’s kept Patrice Bergeron on the shelf for the first two games of the season continued on Tuesday, as the 32-year-old pivot was absent from the on-ice portion of practice at Warrior Ice Arena.

“Obviously he didn’t skate today,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after practice. “[Bergeron] won’t go on Wednesday, but we’re aiming for the weekend.”

This is just the latest setback, update, or whatever you wanna call it of what’s become a week-long endeavor that’s left us with far more questions than answers.

It was last Tuesday that Bergeron left practice early because of a flare-up with the injury, but said that it had nothing to do with the sports hernia he played through last season, and that the plan was that he would be ready for opening night. That did not happen, and the Bruins instead operated with the idea that Bergeron was day-to-day.

Good news came when Bergeron was back on the ice just two days ago, and while it was with a non-contact jersey, sure, but his presence should’ve been a positive sign that he was close to a return. And while the Bruins were clearly biding their time when it came to Bergeron returning given their incredibly light October schedule, Cassidy noting that he was a gametime decision for Monday and that he would be traveling with the club for their three-game road trip again only further led you to believe that he was close.

But he didn’t play Monday, and the Bruins have recalled an extra body for this road trip, making it obvious to suggest that this all seems to indicate a step back for No. 37.

So, what’s going on?

“I don’t know if it got worse is the right way to put it,” offered Cassidy, who has now moved Riley Nash into Bergeron’s spot between David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. “But I guess it hasn’t responded well to treatment is a better way to put it.”

This could still be something as simple as the Bruins taking their time with their top-line center -- Bergeron played 4,589:49 from 2014 to this past season, the 17th-most among all NHL forwards -- and rolling with some internal options in the meantime. Or this could potentially be something more serious, much like what he played through for most of last season.

And while it’s too early to sound any alarms just yet (it’s important to remember that Bergeron missed the first three games of last season and still managed to finish the season with 21 goals and 53 points), some clarity would obviously be nice when it comes to knowing exactly what’s bugging the Black and Gold’s most important player and for how long.

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