The Bruins announced this morning that rookie Martin St. Pierre, fresh off scoring his first goal as a Boston Bruin in last night’s win, was sent back down to the AHL’s Providence Bruins and center Patrice Bergeron  was placed on injured reserve. Per the NHL’s injured reserve rules, Bergeron will be out for at least the next seven days with the post-concussion symptoms while on the list and the move also allows GM Peter Chiarelli to replace Bergeron’s roster spot.
I still continue to think that the B’s will be appropriately cautious with Bergeron while he shakes off the headaches associated with his Dec. 20 concussion, and that we may not see him much before February. The Bruins, to their credit, are refusing to put timetables on Bergeron’s return and continue to play the waiting game for the 23-year-old’s symptoms to completely abate.
In the case of St. Pierre’s trip back to the Baby B’s, Petteri Nokelainen’s balky shoulder must be healthy to start finally skating in games and perhaps the Bruins are ready to make another in their long list of call-ups from Providence this year (a return bid for Martin Karsums, perhaps?). Here’s the release from the B’s:
Boston Bruins  General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned center Martin St. Pierre to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and placed forward Patrice Bergeron on injured reserve.
St. Pierre saw action in all five games during the Bruins recent road trip since being recalled on December 20, and recorded one goal and one assist. His first goal as a Bruin came on a shorthanded tally against the Penguins  on Tuesday night. The leading scorer for the P-Bruins this season, St. Pierre has registered a 10-25=35 line in 30 games. His 25 assists lead the team and his 10 goals rank tied for second.
The 25-year-old St. Pierre has appeared in 26 NHL  games in his career – 21 with Chicago, five with Boston – and has tallied two goals and four assists. Signed as a free agent by the Blackhawks on November 12, 2005, St. Pierre was acquired by the Bruins on July 24, 2008 in exchange for Pascal Pelletier. The 5’9’’, 185-pound Ottawa, Ontario native spent the majority of the 2007-2008 campaign playing for Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford where he earned 21-67=88 totals in 69 games.
In 31 games this season, Bergeron compiled a 4-14=18 line and has 76 goals and 131 assists in 270 career NHL  games. He was injured during the Bruins/Hurricanes game on Saturday, December 20.
Winners of nine straight, the Bruins will host the Penguins on Thursday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. ET.