Patrice Bergeron has not been placed on long-term injured reserve, but GM Peter Chiarelli said that is an option the team has.
Bergeron, who suffered a Grade 3 concussion and broken nose last Saturday, must remain out for 24 days and 10 games since the initial injury. If placed on long-term injured reserve, the earliest Bergeron would be eligible to play is on Nov. 24 against the Islanders. Given Bergeron's current condition, it's highly unlikely that he would be ready to play by then.
If placed on LTIR, the Bruins can use Bergeron's $4.75 million cap hit for other acquisitions either via trade or free agency.
Alexei Zhamnov is the only Bruin currently on LTIR. There is no limit on the amount of players one club can place on LTIR.