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Milbury: For Boston Bruins, ‘It’s Time To Move On’ From Bergeron

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It’s unsettling enough for Boston Bruins fans to think about Patrice Bergeron’s contract uncertainty at the end of this season. But now some hockey insiders believe it’s time for the Bruins to even entertain trading their 37-year-old captain as the Black and Gold continue in fits and starts to begin this regular season following a 2-1 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.

Mike Milbury was on the Greg Hill Show on WEEI on Thursday morning and entertained the thought of the B’s potentially dealing away Bergeron, and even Brad Marchand as well, as they clearly face the end of their Stanley Cup playoff window. According to Mad Mike, if the Boston Bruins believe they aren’t going to push into the playoffs this season they should think about dealing away aging assets and rebuilding a prospect cupboard that’s gone bare in the last few years.

The Bruins currently sit three points out of a playoff spot with multiple games in hand against both the Red Wings and Penguins ahead of them, so it’s not like they’re in a precarious playoff position ahead of the Christmas break.

Clearly Milbury is taking the “business is business” Belichick approach to the Boston Bruins roster, but it’s hard to envision any scenario where the Boston Bruins would take the PR trading away a beloved, lifelong True Bruin player that’s always said he wants to be a Boston Bruins player for life.

“It’s possible that it could be a playoff team, but if you look at the standings the first six spots are gone. They’re not going to catch any of those teams ahead of them, so there’s a couple of spots available and there’s some pretty good competition. The fact they might not make it is a real possibility. What do you do in that situation? Bergeron is 37,” said Milbury of Bergeron, who has logged 18 NHL seasons dating back to his 2003-04 rookie season in Boston. “Does he want to go play in Montreal for the last couple of years of his [hockey] life? I don’t think so because they suck right now. If he’s going to go anyplace it’s somewhere where he might win a Stanley Cup.

“This is a question that good teams face all the time. They run through a cycle, they have Bergeron and they an affinity for him. They love the guy. But if you’re really going to do business in the right way then it’s probably time to move on. To be honest with you, it’s time to move on. Go to him and have the conversation. To take it a step further, although it would be really hard to trade [Brad] Marchand as well, it’s probably worth the discussion. If you’re going to retool then you need assets to retool. You need great draft position and some great prospects, and both of those guys are going to bring that kind of stuff. If you think your time is up with this run, then it’s time to move and make some really hard decisions.”

We love Mad Mike, but this is exactly the kind of scattershot thinking that turned the New York Islanders into a raging dumpster fire when Milbury was making the hockey decisions on the Island.

There is interesting food for thought about Montreal wooing the Quebec City native, particularly as they’ve shown interest in Bergeron’s agent Kent Hughes as their GM, but it’s highly doubtful Bergeron would actively want to leave Boston for anywhere but a theoretically revived Quebec Nordiques franchise in his home city.

Bergeron has nine goals and 19 points in 22 games with a plus-2 rating and averaging 18:18 of ice time this season after scoring the only goal in Wednesday night’s shootout loss, and clearly has something left in the tank. So there’s no doubt Bergeron would get big time value as a trade asset to a Stanley Cup Contender that can still absolutely play at the highest level, but this humble hockey writer believes it’s crazy talk to even entertain trading the captain.

There are some players that transcend ordinary value or rules of the road when it comes to roster building as the New England Patriots saw when they allowed Tom Brady to move on. It would be a crime if Bergeron becomes just another one of those great Boston athletes that finished his career in a different uniform after doing everything perfectly for close to the last 20 years.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Luke Dion

Millbury is a total tool and ruined the Isles during his tenure there, but he does have a valid point if the Bruins feel that they need to retool with younger players. Bergeron is still playing at a very high level, but Father time waits for nobody (except for Tom Brady)

William Mahoney

The Bruins are out of it this year and the future looks dim! We have aging players but who could we get in a trade for more aging and AHL players. We have enough of those type players now. Bergeron is a warrior who like Orr, Chara, and numerous others are at the end of their careers. It is not unthinkable that a player like Eichel wouldn’t be a good trade but forget some of the others available today. If Bruins are going to act they better act fast!

BB

Eichel is going to be with Vegas for at least a few years as they are going to want some return on their investment.

Rick W Murray

I like Millbury as a player as GM he was one of the worst. Shut up Mike just stick analyzing plays.

Joe

Mike Milbury has 0 credibility. I’m glad NBC let him go and I’m glad he was not picked up byt the follow on broadcasters. His misogynistic nature got him fired. Let’s not forget this famous quote from the pandemic bubble….”Not even any women here to disrupt your concentration”

ATLBruin

Why would anyone listen to the ramblings of a shoe-beating, kid-punching failure who picked Rick DiPietro then traded Roberto Luongo, and dealt away Big Z and the Jason Spezza or Ilya Kovalchuk pick for Alexei Yashin?

Just Person

M&M’s should be traded, wait – not traded just sell him (for free of course) somewhere – to China for example….. He can tell his shits to anybody there.

ATLBruin

I’d honestly trade both Mike Milbury & Jack Edwards for a bag of old used pucks.

And get the better deal.

Plus a first round draft pick.

BB

Mike has lost his marbles. Anything he says these days should simply be ignored. Bergy owes the Bruins nothing. If he wants to keep playing and be a Bruin, so be it. If he wants to move on and try and get another cup with someone else (Bourque 2.0) the Bruins should make it happen. No more, no less.

ATLBruin

Dude, I’m old enough to have been an Atlanta Flames first because they were MY team, saw Jim Craig’s 1st pro game, yaddayadda. They left me, broke my heart, and I’ve been a B’s fan since. I bleed Black & Gold ever since and to this day.

Short form: “Old School Hockey, ‘Coach’?”

Foilin’ em up for even speaking of trading the heart of the team.

Milbury’s the kind of guy who would walk into an orphanage and ask if there’s a set of twins he can tear apart.

He’s just never not gonna be the POS that he is.

Alex Charron

B&B is right now if Bergy would like to win another cup , trade them to the team that has a very good shot. Bergy will always be a Bruin even ìf he finish with another team

JP

Mike being Mike again. Great for pounding someone with a shoe but thats where his greatness ends

Last edited 5 months ago by JP
Derrick Soares

I don’t love Mad Mike! Of course he “knows” hockey but he’s an idiot to think Boston with 22 games into an 82 game season can’t catch the top 6 teams in the conference! y0 freakin games and he’s saying they can’t reach the top 6. Time to trade Mad Mike. Because that analogy is downright “Mad”. Leave the hockey to the experts Mike!

Rennie Gade

If anybody should be moved on, I think it’s Taylor Hall. He’s back to being all but invisible again, the way he was against the Islanders in last year’s playoffs. I have no idea what his problem is, but his MVP year seems to have somehow cursed him. Go figure.

Kevin

But what does Jeremy Roenick think? I think the league and networks moved on from these buffons. Why would you give Millbury the ink?

Cptn Gali

What a clown. Bergeron is not even 36 1/2. Millbury do your research dude just turned 36 at the end of July.

Chuck Rose

Hilarious Mike. Just to put this in perspective, The B’s have 5 games in hand on the Leafs. If they (the B’s) win all 5 of them, they would be tied with TO. Can’t catch the top 3 my butt!

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Marc Lacoursiere

Milbury ia a jack ass. Just trying to get get heard again, after his lastest screw -up. Liked him as a player, as a GM he was a bust. Bergeron is a Boston ICON, and stay sas long as he wants,just like Bourque.

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