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Chiarelli Gives Update on Bergeron; Kelly "Back Soon"

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 6:07 PM / Features
By Caryn Switaj  -
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Chiarelli Gives Update on Bergeron; Kelly \"Back Soon\"
During Trade Deadline Day media availability, GM Peter Chiarelli gave an update on Patrice Bergeron, who left the second period of Tuesday night\'s game vs Ottawa and did not return.

BOSTON, MA - When General Manger Peter Chiarelli was available to media Wednesday at TD Garden at 5:00 p.m. following the NHL's Trade Deadline, he was asked about the condition of Patrice Bergeron, who left the second period of Tuesday night's game against Ottawa and did not return.

"I talked to Patrice - Patrice suffered a concussion, described as moderate," said Chiarelli. "I talked to him probably about an hour ago, he was in very good spirits, he was out walking today."

For Bergeron, especially with his concussion history, Chiarelli said that the alternate captain was "annoyed at it; he was emotional last night."

"I don't know when you'll see him again, but he sounded really good, and we'll work together in getting him back."

While Bergeron works to get back, Chiarelli gave some positive news regarding another B's center, Chris Kelly, who has been out "indefinitely" since suffering a broken left tibia against Ottawa on March 11.

"Yeah, that actually had some bearing to it today," Chiarelli said, when asked if Kelly's timetable factored into his approach to the deadline. "He’ll be back soon. I know you’d like a little more detail. I’m satisfied with his prospective return date, and he’ll be playing for us soon."

As for Bergeron's timetable, Chiarelli said he "won't have any further update until I have some significant information for you. But long story short is he got hit in the back below the ear - he said his neck is very sore. That's as much as I know."

With the moderate concussion happening the night before Trade Deadline Day, Chiarelli was asked by a member of the media if he had adjusted his approach heading into the day.

"A little bit - it crossed my mind, but we've got a good group - we added a terrific player yesterday; we added a useful player a few days ago in Daugavins. We're a well-coached team and we defend well, and we're going to improve our offense."

"You think about it - you see a player like Patrice go down, and you're like - there's no way I'm going to replace him," Chiarelli said, on the inability to reproduce the NHL's 2012 Selke winner, arguably the best two-way defensive forward in the game, and the league's leader on the faceoff dot - not to mention his leadership on and off the ice.

"There wasn't that caliber of a player," said Chiarelli. "So I'm not going to go around chasing it all day."

Chiarelli also noted that he wasn't expecting to call up a player without Bergeron in the lineup, but that the versatility of a Bruins roster would allow one of the forward to play center.

"And I know our guys - you've seen across the league, guys have picked up their teams when they have injuries - and I would expect us to do the same."




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31


P. Bergeron 48 12 21 5 33
C. Soderberg 49 10 21 8 31
L. Eriksson 48 11 18 7 29
M. Lucic 48 10 18 10 28
D. Hamilton 49 8 19 1 27
R. Smith 49 10 16 8 26
B. Marchand 44 13 12 11 25
T. Krug 45 10 15 7 25
D. Krejci 29 6 18 9 24
C. Kelly 47 5 16 6 21
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .922 2.22
T. Rask 21 11 7 .920 2.34
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