With Zdeno Chara reportedly out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, the Boston Bruins have begun preparing for life without their captain.
According to a report, the Bruins have recalled blue liners Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow from their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.
Trotman, 24, has an assist in five games this season with Providence. Originally the Bruins seventh round selection (210th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft, Trotman has appeared in two career NHL games with Boston.
Morrow, 21, was the Pittsburgh Penguins first round selection (23rd overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft. Morrow was acquired from Dallas in the seven player trade, which saw Tyler Seguin go to the Stars. Morrow has a goal and an assist in two AHL games this season. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
Chara was injured Thursday night following a knee-on-knee collision with New York Islanders captain John Tavares.
Boston is already without defenseman Kevan Miller, who dislocated his shoulder during a fight with Nicolas Deslauriers of the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 18.
The Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller has a dislocated right shoulder and will be out indefinitely, the club announced today.
Miller was hurt early in Saturday’s 4-0 win over the Sabres, after logging just 3:23 of the contest. The 26-year-old suffered the dislocated shoulder in a first-period fight with Nicolas Deslauriers:
Miller’s injury puts even more pressure on a Boston blue line that’s already had to deal with the loss of stalwart Johnny Boychuk, who was traded to the Islanders prior to the season starting.
Currently, the Bruins have just six healthy d-men on the roster: Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski.
Boston hosts San Jose tomorrow at TD Garden, with Bartkowski, scratched in Buffalo, expected to take Miller’s spot in the lineup.
The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Seth Griffith from AHL Providence. They have not recalled forward Ryan Spooner.
Both players were sent down over the weekend and played Sunday against Portland. They were both healthy scratches for Boston’s game Saturday in Buffalo.
The signing of veteran forward Simon Gagne, combined with the return from injury of bottom-six forward Gregory Campbell, has only added to the competition to get into the lineup.
The B’s host San Jose on Tuesday before welcoming Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders to town Thursday.
Bruins rookie goaltender Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves for his first career shutout as Boston blanked the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 Saturday night.
Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara scored first period goals while Torey Krug and Carl Soderberg added second period markers.
Hamilton also added an assist and finished with a plus-3 rating in the win.
The news wasn’t all good for Boston however as defenseman Kevan Miller suffered an upper body injury following a first period fight.
The Bruins have now won two of three while the Sabres have won just on of its’ first six to start the season.
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller took exception to a hit from Sabres’ Nicolas Deslauriers and dropped the gloves during the first period tonight.
However, as Miller went down towards the end of the fight, he appeared to injure his right arm. Miller went to the room holding his right shoulder awkwardly.
Here’s a second look: