In fact, a Bruins video suggests that the captain’s mind has long been made up → https://t.co/a2JaqwJVoi
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 25, 2023
But clearly, it was in Boston that he made a particular impression on fans. You can’t write Bruins history without talking about the great #37, and forever, he’ll be recognized as an immortal there.
Yet, while everyone was busy celebrating Bergeron’s great career yesterday, the Felger & Mazz radio show, which airs on a Boston radio station, instead took the opportunity to… discredit the player:
In my eyes, Patrice Bergeron wasn’t a first center: he was a perfect second center.
It’s a phrase that came across yesterday on their show, when for nearly 10 minutes, the two hosts decided, for whatever reason, to undermine the career of one of the organization’s greats.
Because, indeed, it goes far beyond simply calling him a “second center”:
He was really overrated in Boston: he was good, but he wasn’t great.
He’s never been at Jonathan Toews’ level.
I don’t have a problem with anyone thinking Toews is a little superior to Bergeron, but we agree that they’re very similar.
That said, there may be another reason for this statement: clearly, the two hosts don’t seem to be very happy with the fact that the club hasn’t really won with him:
If he really was on the level of Toews and Crosby, he’s either overrated or chokeish. I tend to lean towards the first option.
And don’t forget to consider the core around him: while Toews was banking on Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby was pairing with Evgeni Malkin, Bergeron wasn’t always so lucky.
He may have played with a guy like Brad Marchand (with whom he excelled) later in his career, but he wasn’t always surrounded by a team of stars.
And while Bergeron has consistently been recognized for his class, the two hosts aren’t as fervent about it, it seems:
I wish he were more talented and less respected.
I have to confess that these comments are beyond me, personally. At the very least, if they’d been made in a market where there’s a Bruins rival (like Montreal or Toronto), it might almost have passed (even if it would have been pretty ordinary), but the fact that it’s being done in Boston shocks me even more.
Clearly, not everyone in Boston was impressed by #37’s class.
– Speaking of Bergeron.
– Habs Fan TV (@HabsFanTV_) July 26, 2023
– Cam Neely confirmed (unsurprisingly) that #37 will be retired in Boston.
“That’s a no brainer, really. We’ll figure out a time to do that. But he certainly has earned that.” – #NHLBruins president Cam Neely on No. 37 heading to the @tdgarden rafters pic.twitter.com/TlAcc8vkFO
– Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 26, 2023
“When you’re building your team these are the kinds of people you want to surround yourself with because when times get tough, these kinds of players dig down and make it happen for you.”
– Ryan Henkel (@RyanHenkel_) July 26, 2023
– Signature in Colorado.
Big Ben is back for one more!
– Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 26, 2023
– It’s understandable.