In case you missed the news from TD Garden earlier today, Boston Bruins veterans Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all announced to the media that they had been playing through significant injuries during the team’s postseason run. In the case of both Chara and Bergeron, it looks like surgery may be required.
Chara tells @TheAthleticBOS that he suffered a fractured right index finger during Game 2 against Toronto and it will take 6 weeks to heal. Hoping for no surgery. Also, had played last eight weeks with a left shoulder injury.
Patrice Bergeron pulled his groin before the start of the regular season. Flared up again late. Might need surgery.
Ouch… here’s hoping the Bruins’ two biggest leaders make a full recovery in time for training camp in the Fall.
In addition to Marchand, Bergeron and Chara however, several other Bruins players came forward today to divulge their injuries.
First up, dynamic rookie Jake DeBrusk who was an absolute revelation for the team in his first full NHL season. There was some speculation that the youngster had been playing with an upper body injury, which was confirmed by DeBrusk himself to be a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.
Jake DeBrusk played through playoffs with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Took a couple of significantly painful hits there during playoff run. Doesn’t sound like he’ll need surgery. Tough kid. Just like his old man
Up next, center Riley Nash who is slated to hit the free agent market this upcoming offseason.
Riley Nash was dealing with a sports hernia-type abdominal injury from February on, and its up in the air whether he’ll need any surgery for it. Had a concussion from the puck to the head as well prior to returning for the playoffs
Ouch… you have to feel for this kid. He played with such heart and determination during this season. Here’s hoping he earns himself a BIG raise this offseason, whether it’s with the Bruins or elsewhere.
Finally, winger Noel Acciari is also slated to have offseason surgery:
Noel Acciari (groin) will have surgery. He felt the first steps in his stride were the hardest.
Another one bites the dust…
Man, you have to really feel for the Bruins. Were it not for these injuries, and we’re not even counting David Backes and the concussion he sustained in Game 5, there’s no telling how far this team could have gone. Here’s hoping that the extra long offseason affords these players the time they need to rest, recuperate and come back better than ever in 2018-19.