Bergeron/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Bruins head coach Claude Julien wondered aloud today if the media corps has a meeting before every press conference to determine who’s going to ask about Patrice Bergeron.

Even Julien, however, has to understand that when such a vital player is out of action heading into the biggest series the franchise has played in nearly two decades, he has to be asked about.

So Julien offered up this daily update on the status of his concussed star center:

“I think he’s improving. He really is improving. We’re optimistic about him. As [Bruins general manager] Peter [Chiarelli] said, we knew he was going to miss the start of the series. How much he’s going to miss, I can’t tell you right now. But he’s on the right track. We’re staying positive.

“I’m not going to say much more because when it comes to concussions, you’ve got good news and you’ve got setbacks and you’ve got all kinds of things that can happen. So I’m not going to stand here and change my tune every day except to say that right now that’s going in the right direction.”