Anonymous Bruins player leaks future of Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci

It looks like Bruins fans may have their answer.



The historic season for the Boston Bruins came to an absolutely stunning end this spring, as they lost their Round 1 series against the eventual Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers in a heartbreaking setback that culminated in a Game 7 overtime loss at TD Garden. 

Immediately afterward, speculation began to grow that it may have been the final NHL games for the likes of veteran forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci; Bergeron embraced his teammates on the ice before saluting the fans, which many interpreted as his saying goodbye. 

Meanwhile, Krejci's future in Boston also remains up in the air. He was lured back to the Bruins this summer after spending a year playing in his native homeland, and appeared in 70 games while racking up 16 goals and 40 assists.

Both players said that they were going to be taking their time in making a decision for next year, but it looks as though their plans have been leaked.

According to Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic, an anonymous Bruins teammate believes that they're both going to hang up the skates and call it a career. He wrote the following in today's piece: 

"Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have yet to declare their plans for 2023-24. One teammate, who requested anonymity because of his respect for Bergeron and Krejci, told The Athletic he’s not counting on either being back. Regardless of whether Bergeron and Krejci continue or retire, the Bruins must carry a $4.5 million overage penalty in 2023-24 because of their performance bonuses. If they retire and the Bruins do not bring in outside help at center, Marc McLaughlin, John Beecher and Georgii Merkulov are among the prospects who will be under consideration for full-time NHL duty."

If this is it for both Bergeron and Krejci, it will bring to a close two tremendous NHL careers by a pair of truly classy players who represented the Bruins well. 

Source: The Athletic