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Chiarelli Gives Update on Bergeron; Kelly "Back Soon"

Wednesday, 04.3.2013 / 6:07 PM ET / Features
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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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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