Chiarelli Gives Update on Bergeron; Kelly "Back Soon"
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."