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Bergeron to Remain a Bruin

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Prague, CZE -- Tuesday night, On the heels of the Bruins 7-1 exhibition victory over Liberec, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julen spoke about Patrice Bergeron's two-goal, five-point performance against the Tigers.

"He scored some nice goals and he made some great plays," said Julien. "I think he was solid all around."

But then the B's Bench boss gave some unintentional insight as to why the Boston Bruins would eventually sign their assistant captain to a three year contract extension.

"Patrice is really one of those guys who takes this game seriously," he said. "No matter what time of year it is, he wants to be at his best."

Prior to that game, the ever-pragmatic Bergeron talked about his contract negotiations and gave another clue as to why the club has retained his services into the distant future.

"The season hasn’t started yet, and I’m still trying to get ready for the season, and I’m not really worried about the extension or next year," he said. "I’m worried about this year, right now, and this is the priority for me and the whole team.

"So I’ll take it a day at a time and a game at a time and we’ll go from there."

Of the pressures of having to fill the hole created by the absence of injured all-star center Marc Savard, Patrice, himsel said, "Well, obviously, you can’t really replace a guy like Savvy.

"He’s such a great player and a big part of our team. At the same time, we’re going to make sure his health is the priority right now.

"He’s got to make sure he gets better."

Then Bergeron gave some insight into his philosophies on leadership and hockey in general and -- most likely -- revealed the reasons why Bergeron will remain in Black & Gold.

"For us, it’s about stepping up all together as a team and making sure we play together and we find a way," said Bergeron. "We have no choice. That’s the adversity we face.

"We’ve faced that before in the past couple years and we’ve done a great job with that.

"We have a lot of depth this year and great players," he said.

And with one signing the Bruins have made inroads at continuing with that depth and talent for seasons to come.
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