"We all seem in really good shape," said Patrice Bergeron
after the Bruins reported on Friday morning. "We're all excited to get started.
"It starts with all the fitness testing and things went well.”
As Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said during his first training camp press conference, the Bruins should be in shape, the short summer hasn't given them too much time away from the rink.
"Yeah. It feels like I’ve seen you guys not too long ago, so it’s alright," said Bergeron to the media members gathered around him in the B's locker room. "I’ll tell you that every year if I can."
Bergeron said that everyone in Black & Gold enjoyed that short summer, but admitted that at some point the club had to turn the page on the Stanley Cup and start thinking about defending it.
"Yeah. Obviously you have to do it," said Bergeron. "Honestly, I feel like the day with the Cup helped me a lot doing that.
"It was nice to have a chance to do it and share it with my family and friends and see their reaction, but after that I felt like I could really think about this year.
"I was doing that before, but it really helped me put an end to it," he said.
And that's what Bergeron told his teammates this morning when the Bruins met after their testing.
"I did meet with my teammates and try to say a little something; that we should be happy with what happened last year. We shouldn’t get satisfied and we need to be motivated," said Bergeron. "We’re all excited, all happy, and all looking forward to this year, but you start with training camp and you can’t look too far ahead.”
For now, the Bruins are concentrating on training camp, getting back to game shape and hockey in general. But Bergeron wouldn't change anything about he and B's summer of Stanley.
"I think it’s hard to feel as rested as the previous years, because you don’t have as much time and it has been a pretty crazy summer, but that being said, you have to make the most of it," he said. "I was really happy with the way it happened and the way we handled things and obviously happy with the win last year -- so I would never change my summer."
But "Bergy" also feels that the Bruins spoked-B has turned itself into a target.
"When I was playing Chicago [last season], I was ready for that game and I wanted to beat them because they were defending champs and I know all the other 29 teams are going to be thinking the same way," said Bergeron. "They’re going to try to beat us, so we need to make sure we’re ready for that and make sure we’re ready for a big year."
First things first, however. Bergeron had one item of business to take care of before all others.
"Yeah. I am excited and can’t wait to touch the Garden ice again," he said.