Yzerman: Bergeron's Olympic spot safe

Updated: January 6, 2010, 7:37 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins and Team Canada both received good news Tuesday when it was learned star center Patrice Bergeron would only be out about two weeks with a broken right thumb.

Bergeron
Bergeron

There was fear Bergeron could be out as long as six weeks depending on the severity of the injury and the team held its breath as Bergeron went to see a hand specialist Tuesday afternoon. The verdict was positive, no surgery required.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed the news to reporters in Ottawa before Tuesday night's game.

The 24-year-old forward took a Dennis Wideman shot on the hand in Monday night's loss at the New York Rangers and returned to Boston on Tuesday morning for medical tests.

Bergeron is Boston's leading scorer and head coach Claude Julien has called him their best player since the start of the season. The Bruins have already dealt with long-term injuries to star center Marc Savard and top-line winger Milan Lucic this season.

The two-week window for the injury means Bergeron should be fine for the Olympics. Canada's Olympic opener goes Feb. 16 against Norway, exactly six weeks from Tuesday. So it was a relief when Chiarelli phoned Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman on Tuesday with the update.

"Definitely, I spoke with Peter and he told me it's a short-term injury, nothing that should jeopardize his place on the Olympic team," Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com Tuesday night.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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