If earning status as a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward wasn't enough of a compliment for Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, teammate Jaromir Jagr paid Bergeron another one after practice at TD Garden on Wednesday.

Bergeron, Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks were announced Wednesday as finalists for the award.

"I think Ronnie Francis was the same way," Jagr said of Bergeron. "He wasn't very flashy. He scored a lot of goals but not the highlights goals. And he did everything perfect, especially defensively. The GMs and the coaches, they know. And it doesn't mean the media doesn't talk about him much. People who are close to hockey and understand hockey, they know how special he is. So it's all right."

So Jagr, who one day will be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, only has been Bergeron's teammate for a couple of months and already he's comparing him to a former teammate who already is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bergeron won the Selke for the first time last season. As he prepares for the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the New York Rangers, which starts Thursday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS), Bergeron and the Bruins obviously have bigger goals on their minds.