Patrice Bergeron took four to five weeks off from activity following the Boston Bruins' painful Game 6 loss in the Stanley Cup finals but says now, after rest and rehab from his rib injuries, he's "100 percent positive" he'll be on the ice for the start of training camp Sept. 11.
"I'm pretty sure I'll be fine," Bergeron told The Boston Globe. "I'm hoping I'll be fine. I'm feeling good. It took me longer to start my workout program and all that, but I had to take the time to heal and be ready.
"It was hard to not work out and to rest, but at the same time I was doing some rehab and trying to do some maintaining things in my upper body or my legs -- I was trying to manage whatever I could do to stay in shape, I guess."
Bergeron suffered myriad serious injuries during the finals, including torn rib cartilage in Game 4, a broken rib on his left side in Game 5 and a separated right shoulder and a punctured left lung in Game 6.
He said he still has tenderness in the rib area but that he's able to do "pretty much everything."
"There's only a couple rotations when you're using your core that it catches me. But, honestly, it's been pretty good," he said.
He said being physically limited in Game 6 and losing the way the Bruins did left him with a "bitter feeling." The Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in the final 76 seconds to win 3-2.
"It's hard to swallow, but at the same time we've definitely accomplished some great things as a team," he said. "But when you finish second, it's obviously not what you want. It's even tougher than not making the playoffs or losing in the first round because you're so close to the goal.
"That being said, we have to look at this year, learn from what happened, but also try to press the reset button and be ready for a fresh start and make sure we're ready for a long season."