Bergeron also played through an injury to close out 2011-12. He pulled an oblique muscle in Game 5 of the first-round playoff loss to Washington. He dressed for Games 6 and 7, but Bergeron took only one faceoff in each game.
The primary concern of Bergeron’s extension is his concussion history. He suffered the fourth concussion of his career on April 2. Bergeron was engaging Ottawa’s Colin Greening in a puck battle. Greening clipped Bergeron behind the right ear with an inadvertent elbow. He then missed six games because of the concussion.
Bergeron’s major concussion took place on Oct. 27, 2007. The injury ended his season.
In 2013-14, Bergeron will most likely center the No. 2 line alongside Marchand and new Bruin Loui Eriksson. It will be used as a matchup line that will create offense from defense.
Bergeron could also represent Team Canada for the second straight time. Bergeron was a spare forward on Canada’s gold-winning team in 2010. The NHL is expected to allow its players to participate in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Amalie Benjamin contributed