GM Peter Chiarelli provided an update on Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a Grade 3 concussion six days ago when Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones belted him into the TD Banknorth Garden boards.
“He could be out a month. He could be out two months. He could be out a year,” Chiarelli said.
By Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff
Chiarelli said that Bergeron can hold a conversation for several minutes, but then becomes tired and loses focus. Bergeron wakes up once or twice each night and is wearing a neck collar during the day. He is sedentary and can watch TV, but becomes distracted easily, according to Chiarelli.
Perhaps the most disturbing news was that Bergeron required a wheelchair to travel from his home to the Garden for treatment several days ago. Bergeron usually walks to the Garden for games and practices.
“I was told at one point that it was pretty certain he had broken his neck,” said Chiarelli. “He’s very well-conditioned. He’s strong up top with the [trapezoid muscles], shoulders, and neck. But for that, he probably would have broken his neck.”