Chiarelli: Bergeron working out, on 'road to recovery'

Chiarelli: Bergeron working out, on 'road to recovery'
April 10, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The first news about Patrice Bergeron’s recovery from a fourth concussion since 2007 is of the encouraging variety.

The reigning Selke Trophy winner and arguably the most indispensable player on the Bruins roster has missed three games because of a “moderate concussion” suffered a week ago in a collision with Colin Greening in front of the Ottawa net. The first positive sign was the 27-year-old’s appearance at Monday night’s Bruins game against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. Bergeron was spotted walking into the Causeway Street arena minutes before the game got underway.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli continued that optimistic tone on Wednesday night with the Toucher and Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub when he said that Bergeron has begun working out again. While Bergeron obviously still has hurdles to climb, and will need to return to full action without any recurrence of symptoms before he’s ready to return to the lineup, it’s all good news for No. 37.

“I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”

Bergeron missed a grand total of 12 days following his last concussion, suffered against the Philadelphia Flyers two years ago during Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup. So precedent is there that he could be back quickly from this most recent concussion if there are no lingering symptoms.

But there won’t be the same rush this time around, as the B’s only need their two-way center and face-off specialist to return prior to the NHL playoffs in May.

In his place, the Bruins have tried several different players in his center spot alongside winger Brad Marchand: Tyler Seguin lasted 1 1/3 games before he was bumped back to wing while experiencing some defensive difficulties, and Gregory Campbell thrived in that spot between Marchand and Jaromir Jagr during Boston’s Monday night blowout win over the Hurricanes.