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Bruins on Bergeron

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 21, 2008 04:27 PM

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Peter Chiarelli hasn't spoken with Patrice Bergeron yet today, but the reports the GM has gotten from Mass. General Hospital were good enough that he sounded encouraged about the center's condition.

"I know he's a strong kid," said Chiarelli. "He'll get over this. We've seen a lot of players recover from second concussions and they're stars. There's [Simon Gagne] in Philly right now."

Chiarelli said Bergeron, who remained at Mass. General last night, was feeling much better today and was allowed to go home. Bergeron, according to Chiarelli, felt significantly worse on Oct. 28, 2007, the day after his Grade 3 concussion last season.

Bergeron, said Chiarelli, is in good spirits. His parents traveled to Boston yesterday and are with him now. He is under orders to rest today and will be re-examined during the week.

"Just one of those freak accidents where there was a collision," Claude Julien. "It was unfortunate that it was Bergy. But we got some good news today. He's feeling much, much better today. That's a big difference from what happened last year."

Chiarelli said Bergeron will eventually be placed on injured reserve, meaning he would miss at least next Saturday's match against Carolina. Given that they will travel to Atlanta and Pittsburgh to close out the road trip, it's unlikely Bergeron will see action in those games as well.

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