Bruins Notes: With training camp approaching, Patrice Bergeron continues to look for solutions for ‘lingering’ groin injury

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BOLTON — For the first time in three years, Patrice Bergeron did not have to go under the knife in the weeks that succeeded another grueling season for the B’s top-line pivot. 

While the summer is usually set aside for rest and a reprieve from hockey, rehab has primarily been at the center of Bergeron’s offseason regimen in both 2017 and 2018 — undergoing hernia surgery two years ago before heading back for a procedure last June in order to alleviate a nagging groin injury that plagued him all season long. 

In what was a short summer following Boston’s loss to St. Louis in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bergeron did not need to spend his days in a hospital room once again, chatting with physical therapists and other medical staff in order to chart the best course for an effective return to the ice.

But that doesn’t mean the veteran’s nagging groin injury has subsided fully going into his 16th NHL season.