Zdeno Chara

Chara has PCL tear, out 4-6 weeks


Zdeno Chara is out 4-6 weeks with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Bruins announced today.

GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that the injury was suffered last night during a collision with Islanders forward John Tavares.

Surgery is not likely for Chara, but Chiarelli would not rule that option out.

The Bruins, off to a disappointing 4-5-0 start to the season, have called up defensemen Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow from AHL Providence.

The additions of Trotman and Morrow give Boston seven healthy d-men, the five others being Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, and Matt Bartkowski.

The Bruins don’t have the toughest schedule imaginable through the end of November…


…but given only Buffalo (1-7-0) has more regulation losses, they’ve got some ground to make up.

Report: Bruins recall defensemen Trotman and Morrow from Providence


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.

Pondering Boston’s defense without Chara


If multiple reports are correct, the Boston Bruins will be without defenseman Zdeno Chara for at least four-to-six weeks. That’s a scary thought considering the fact that Chris Kelly described the blueliner as “irreplaceable,” according to the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.

Head coach Claude Julien seemed a little less dour about the situation, although it’s important to note that his comments came before the update dropped. (Granted, he may have been aware that it was a significant injury already …)

While discussing life without the 37-year-old defenseman, Kelly said that they’ll have to replace Chara as a group. That’s probably the best way to approach the situation, as “The Big Z” ranks as one of the NHL’s few do-everything defenseman.

He headed into Thursday averaging just a bit less than 24 minutes of ice time per game, which is a shift or two lower than his 2013-14 mark but is still the workload of a No. 1 defenseman.

Counting Thursday’s game, only Torey Krug has logged more power-play time on ice while Chara towers over everyone else in penalty kill work. He’s the kind of player you match up against an opposing team’s top line on a night-to-night basis.

Many point out the cruel coincidence of Chara going down on the night of Johnny Boychuk’s return to Boston, and it’s easy to see why. Boychuk’s versatility would have been especially valuable in a time like this.

Shouldering the burden of Chara’s loss may come down to the combined efforts of veterans like Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid (each averaging about two minutes of PK time per game) and young upstarts Dougie Hamilton and Krug.

While those defensemen may absorb the loss collectively, others face potential opportunities to prove that they deserve more reps. Matt Bartkowski has been a frequent healthy scratch, yet Julien may need to lean on him on a nightly basis.

Shinzawa discusses the players who might get called up with Chara on the shelf:

If he can’t play, the Bruins will call up a defenseman from Providence. If they need a left shot, David Warsofsky and Chris Breen are options. If they want a third right shot to complement Hamilton and McQuaid, they could tab Zach Trotman or Chris Casto.

On the bright side, NHL.com’s Arpon Basu believes that Boston’s schedule is pretty merciful:

Of course, Basu provided a grim glimpse later on Thursday, too:

Much has been written about how Boston will move on without Chara. The Bruins probably don’t want this to be a lengthy sneak peek at that future, yet we could learn a lot about this team in the next month or more.

Reports: Chara could miss at least 4-6 weeks with knee injury


Update: If TSN’s Aaron Ward is correct, Zdeno Chara will miss at least four-to-six weeks with a left knee injury that forced him out of Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

ESPN’s Joe McDonald backs up Ward’s report:

Note that Ward reports that a decision will be made regarding whether surgery is needed in that four-to-six week period, so the full timeline of his injury could conceivably be even worse.

It’s important to note that the Bruins haven’t made this official, but with McDonald backing this up, it sounds like this is the reality of the situation for Boston.


Many believe that the 37-year-old hurt himself while delivering this check on Islanders star John Tavares:

Again, the Bruins didn’t provide any details about Chara’s status, with head coach Claude Julien indicating that they’ll know more when the big blueliner visits a doctor, as CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports:

Not surprisingly, Chara’s teammates seem concerned about the Selke-caliber defenseman’s health:

The Boston media seemed downright sardonic following bad news about “The Big Z.”

This might be the most optimistic bit of insight following Ward’s grim update:

A lot would have to go right for Chara to return by the early end of that four-to-six week frame of time … assuming that such an outlook is accurate in the first place, of course.

Perhaps Boston will provide more information regarding Chara’s status in the next day or so? The Bruins’ next game comes against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.

Report: Isles’ Bailey out indefinitely after breaking hand


New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey suffered a hand injury and won’t return for the third period against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Update: Bad news from New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple: Bailey suffered a broken hand and is out indefinitely.

Bailey, 25, is one of those young Islanders whose progress (or failure to progress) may very well determine if this team will be a dangerous contender in 2014-15.

The ninth pick of the 2008 NHL Draft’s development has been frustrating for the Islanders, yet he’s shown signs of turning the corner in this very young season. With an assist in tonight’s game against Boston, he has four points in seven games. His possession stats have been steadily improving lately, too.

Maybe the most promising sign is that Isles observers are concerned that he might miss some time:

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara also left this contest with an undisclosed issue. The Islanders ended up winning 3-2 tonight.