By Adrian Dater | | 4 mins
Patrice Bergeron Next Team Odds: Return To Boston Or Move On?
Patrice Bergeron has played for only one team in his long NHL career - the Boston Bruins. He can be an unrestricted free agent from July 13, however. While the chances are high he returns to the Bruins, stranger things have happened in NHL betting history than the prospect of him leaving.
Bergeron, a Stanley Cup champion and multiple winner of the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL, has still not officially declared he’ll play this coming season. It seems likely he will, however.
Patrice Bergeron Next Team Odds
Will he be playing for the Bruins, though? Probably, yes. But you never know for sure in this business. Let’s take a look at some potential destinations for Bergeron...
Boston Bruins (-500)
Bergeron has played 18 straight seasons for the Bruins. He’ll be in the Hockey Hall of Fame some day, and will have his number retired by the Bruins some day, too.
Bergeron, some reports have said, will play a 19th season. But he has not officially declared that just yet. He’s played through a lot of injuries in his career and while he’s still an effective player when healthy, Father Time catches up to everybody eventually.
The Bruins seem confident he’ll return, and that is surely the best NHL futures bet here. Something would have to go seriously wrong in any contract talks with Boston. That’s never been a problem before, but some see the Bruins as a team on the decline.
Maybe, just maybe, he wants to try and win someplace else? Don’t count on it, but this can be a funny business.
Colorado Avalanche (+500)
The defending Stanley Cup champions may lose No. 2 center Nazem Kadri to free agency. A guy such as Patrice Bergeron would be a nice replacement.
And, if something doesn’t work out with the Bruins, I can see the Avalanche at least asking his agent if there’s a chance to come to Denver. The Avs play a fast, up-tempo game and Bergeron’s wheels aren’t what they once were. But he’s still talented enough to keep up in this league.
This is a long shot as reflected by my projected NHL odds for this move at +500, but Avalanche GM Joe Sakic knows how good a player Bergeron is, and he’s a guy who would be a nice veteran presence on a team still fairly young.
Montreal Canadiens (+1500)
Bergeron is a native of Quebec, so he’d be going home in a sense if he were to become a Canadien. This would be quite a bombshell, as the Habs are still probably the Bruins’ biggest rival.
Bergeron would be treated like a conquering hero if he came to Montreal. Hearts would be broken in Boston.
So, it’s not likely to happen. But if there is a team Bergeron might consider, Montreal seems like a logical place.
Florida Panthers (+2500)
A lot of players have always liked Florida as a new place to play. The lack of a state income tax means they take home a lot more from their paychecks and, of course, the weather is great.
Now, too, the Panthers are a very good team. A guy like Bergeron would be a great addition to a Florida team that needs more veteran leadership. Bergeron would certainly bring that element.
Florida coach Paul Maurice would no doubt love a guy such as Bergeron to coach in his new job with the club.