Bruins fans must continue to be patient for the decisions of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
Bergeron, who’s played his entire 18-year NHL career in Boston, has to decide whether he wants to remain a Bruin or retire. General manager Don Sweeney told reporters last week the conversations he’s had with the Bruins captain have been positive, while president Cam Neely was optimistic about a Bergeron return, specifically pointing to an elbow procedure he underwent early in the offseason.
Both Sweeney and Neely were in Montreal this week for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. After the Bruins made their six selections, Sweeney met with reporters and, naturally, was asked about the futures of Bergeron and Krejci.
“He’s made real good indications to us that he’s trying to do it in the right manner, but until he makes a decision, we’ll wait. We could have a final decision by Wednesday,” Sweeney told reporters, per the team. “But again, he’s the only one who is going to make that statement.”
Make sure you leave your Wednesday open.
This is the first time any sort of timeline has been given on Bergeron making a decision.
As for Krejci, who spent last season playing in Czech Republic, his future isn’t as clear as Bergeron’s.
“David is a little more of a wait and see,” Sweeney said, per the team. “Krech is just deciding what’s best for him. But there’s no positive indication, it just hasn’t gotten to the point where I’m comfortable to say if it’s going to happen.”
While the Bruins stocked up on centers in the draft, they likely will not make an immediate impact on the roster for the 2022-23 NHL season. Krejci certainly would, especially if Bergeron also returns.
But until we have the final word from Bergeron and Krejci, all we can do is wait.