With the injury to Torey Krug being announced just days ago, the Bruins now find themselves without three defensemen from their opening day roster. It’s been quite the roller coaster for the B’s, as they’ve had to manage a poor start while coping with the preseason trade of Johnny Boychuk.
Yes, I still believe it had to be done.
If you’re going to be critical of the Bruins’ front office for moving Boychuk now, in wake of these injuries on the back-end, I would advise you to save your breath. Obviously the trade looks really bad now, but all of these injuries are unlucky if anything. You can’t predict the frequency and severity of these ailments regardless of your disdain for Peter Chiarelli.
It’s also redundant to keep talking about a guy who isn’t a Bruin anymore.
Zdeno Chara’s injury was obviously the most brutal pill to swallow. He’s an aging player which obviously hurts his ability to recover at a quicker pace, despite being the freak athlete that he is. Z is also the most important player on the team’s defense for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s the powerplay, penalty kill, massive minutes every night and presence on and off the ice; the Bruins do not have a player that can fill his shoes for any length of time.
Fortunately, he’s only going to be out 4-6 weeks.
His injury had the potential to be a blessing in disguise given the fact that it would’ve allowed some of the younger Bruins’ defensemen to play bigger minutes and develop into larger roles with the team. It also would’ve allowed the big man to rest up in an effort to avoid burning out come playoff time. Unfortunately the injuries to Kevan Miller and Torey Krug have all but dampened those hopes, as the team has found itself substantially shorthanded for one of the most important months of the season.