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Spittin' Chiclets crew drops a Patrice Bergeron rumour on the podcast that you won't believe

Published January 17, 2024 at 8:47 PM

If you like rumours, brace yourself, because this is a big one. I should caution that Spittin Chiclets' podcast made sure to mention that this was strictly just a rumour at the beginning of the video and hasn't been confirmed. However, there's a slight chance that Boston Bruins' legend and recently-retired centre, Patrice Bergeron could be planning a comeback this season.

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins are set to engage in an alumni game at the end of the month in honour of Mark Recchi being inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame and one of the members that could be donning the Bruins sweater for that game is Bergeron, which is why he has apparently been skating in recent weeks.

Ryan Whitney brought the rumour to our attention but it didn't seem that he was overly convinced about Bergeron's excuse:

"Apparently, apparently, Bergeron has been skating around here a little bit. Then we get word, he skates a little bit just to stay fresh for the alumni games. Which, you're probably 20 years younger than most of the guys playing in the alumni games but he's a professional, a workhorse. So maybe he is but if Patrice Bergeron is out there skating around, looking at maybe a February comeback. Can you imagine the Bruins fans."

Paul Bissonnette was even more on edge about the reason given by the future hall-of-famer:

"I'm choosing to believe it. I wanna see video of what he's doing at these practices to stay, in quotes, 'in shape for these alumni games.' Give me a break, he's probably working on his wrister from the slot right now, he's working on the bumper position on that power play, he's snapping back face-offs."

Bergeron retired following the 2022-23 season when the Bruins were shockingly eliminated in the first round by the Florida Panthers. He ended his career with 427 goals and 1,040 points in 1,294 games across 19 seasons, while also adding another 50 goals and 128 points in 170 post-season games. Bergeron is also a 6-time Selke Trophy winner, he has a Stanley Cup ring, a King Clancy, and a Mark Messier Leadership Award.

It wouldn't be the first time that a Bruins legend retired just to come back and play for the club when they needed it most as we saw David Krejci and Tuukka Rask come out of retirement in recent years as well.

You'd imagine that Bergeron still has a decent amount left in the tank after scoring 27 goals and 58 points in 78 games last year, while winning 61.1% of his draws, and winning his second consecutive Selke Trophy. The Bruins have severely lacked centre depth over the years so if Bergeron did indeed make a comeback, he would be welcomed with open arms.

The last thing teams in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference would want to see is Bergeron back in Boston's lineup healthy and rested en route to another playoff push. Only time will tell.

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