BOSTON — The Bruins held their breakup day at TD Garden today, at least a month earlier than they thought they would have to go through that process.
Among the big stories was Patrice Bergeron’s revelation that he injured his oblique in Game 3 of Boston’s seven-game loss in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs to Washington. Bergeron said he either strained or pulled the muscle and reaggravated the injury in Game 5, so that’s why he wasn’t able to take faceoffs in Game 6 and 7.
He didn’t have an MRI, but Bergeron said he’s not scheduled to have surgery.
Here are some more quick bits from the Bruins’ media availability:
•Adam McQuaid revealed that he started feeling concussion symptoms during the April 5 game in Ottawa. McQuaid didn’t play again after that game. General manager Peter Chiarelli said he’s confident both McQuaid and Nathan Horton will return to full health in time for next season.
•Tuukka Rask is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. The goaltender said he’s looking forward to returning and again competing for the starting job with Tim Thomas.
“I think there’s a clear plan. I think everybody’s been talking about it for a long time now,” Rask said. “It’s not about the money, it’s more about what’s good for everybody. And as I’ve always said, I like it here and I think we have a great group of guys and I think the organization’s great.”
Thomas also said he’d like to be back with the Bruins.
“I’m happy,” Thomas said. “I’m on a great team with a great coaching staff. … I know it’s a year later, but we just won that Cup together, and that is very special. So I don’t really know what to say.”
•As of Friday afternoon, Tyler Seguin was the only Bruins player scheduled for possible surgery. Seguin was playing through a tendon issue with a knuckle on his left hand.
•Don’t expect a major overhaul of the Bruins’ roster, at least as far as Chiarelli’s early plans heading into the offseason:
“I wish I could tell you a lot [but] I’ve got to meet with our group, look at our roster and obviously we have some guys that are unsigned. [Benoit] Pouliot, Chris Kelly, [Daniel] Paille, [Gregory] Campbell, [Joe] Corvo, the three additions [Brian Rolston, Mike Mottau, Greg Zanon], Tuukka [Rask]. So, we obviously have some guys to consider whether we sign them or not,” Chiarelli said. “From the makeover perspective, certainly we’re not going to do anything to make over this team. You hear me talk about the parity in this league and our first round loss in seven games this year can be another Stanley Cup Final next year – it’s that close. You saw the number of teams in the West – you kind of see the new four teams in the West and you see some different teams in the East so you just have to be prepared.
“I’d like to maybe look at a forward to bolster our top nine, doesn’t mean I’m not going to look at signing Pouliot. It doesn’t mean we’re not going to consider [Jordan] Caron up there. I just want to look at the trade market and the free agent market. And we got a couple of good, young players coming too. We got a good defenseman that I think will challenge for a spot – Dougie Hamilton. You saw Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, you’ve seen some guys that are going to challenge.
“But on the major change front, I’m not looking at doing anything on that front. But I would like to add some pieces.”