Patrice Bergeron has been placed on long-term injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 27, when he suffered his Grade 3 concussion and broken nose against Philadelphia.
The Bruins are free to exercise the long-term injury exception, using all of part of Bergeron's $4.75 million annual cap hit, for any acquisitions. To use the LTIE, Bergeron must be out for 24 calendar days and 10 games since being placed on long-term injured reserve, meaning he would be ineligible to play until Nov. 24 against the Islanders.
However, given Bergeron's condition, it is highly unlikely he would have been ready for game action by then.
Kent Hughes, Bergeron's agent, said he didn't expect his client to play in the 2007 calendar year.