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Chara suffered fractured ankle, will miss Worlds


Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered a fractured ankle late in the regular season, an injury that will sideline him for the upcoming World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

Update: The Bruins announced that he specifically suffered a non-displaced fracture to his left fibula and will take about a month to recover. Here’s the full statement:

The Boston Bruins announced today, Tuesday, April 21 the following injury update: defenseman Zdeno Chara has a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula and the recovery time is approximately four weeks from today. The injury will not require surgery.

According to Slovakian news outlet Sport.sme, Team Slovak head coach Vladimir Vujtek has already ruled the towering d-man out of the tournament, which will run from May 1-17. While details are scarce as to the actual injury, it’s possible Chara fractured the ankle while blocking a shot against Toronto in the Bruins’ fourth-last game of the year.

If that’s the case, it’s fairly remarkable — Chara proceeded to play in the final three games of the season, playing at least 23 minutes in each.

This is the latest in what’s been a rough campaign, health-wise, for the 38-year-old (that turns 39 in May.) Chara earlier suffered a permanently torn PCL that left him at less than 100 percent for a good portion of the season; despite that, he still appeared in 63 games and averaged over 23 minutes per night.

Farewell, Merlot: Bruins parting ways with Paille, Campbell

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The Merlot Line has officially been put out to vineyard.

On Monday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that UFA forwards Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell — who, along with the already departed Shawn Thornton, once formed Boston’s popular fourth line — wouldn’t be re-signed this summer.

Paille, 30, has been the Bruins since 2009 and achieved some good success, emerging as a useful contributor during the 2011 Stanley Cup victory and the ’13 Finals appearance (Paille scored four goals and nine points during that latter run, averaging 12:32 TOI per night.)

Campbell, 31, spent the last five years in Boston. A gritty checking forward, he forever etched himself in Bruins lore with this shift against Pittsburgh in the ’13 Eastern Conference Final — in which he played on a broken leg:

This year, though, Campbell and Paille struggled. They were two of the club’s worst forwards in terms of possession (click here) and neither produced much offensively; Campbell scored just six goals in 70 games while Paille had six in 71.

In the wake of Boston missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years, Paille and Campbell aren’t expected to be the only changes — but their departures are still significant. Aside from being the first (and, speediest) moves by Chiarelli this offseason, the two veterans contributed largely to Boston’s identity over the last five years.

Now that they’re gone, only a handful of regulars remain from the Cup-winning team: Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid and Milan Lucic — the latter of whom has already seen his name appear in trade speculation.

Julien: ‘When you don’t make the playoffs, you’ve failed’

Claude Julien, Scott Kozari

The unthinkable was made official on Saturday as the Boston Bruins were eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Perhaps the best phrasing would be “the Bruins failed to make the playoffs,” as that word seemed to come up pretty often as key members of the team reacted to their postseason run ending.

“Everybody’s pretty down right now,” Head coach Claude Julien said. “When you don’t make the playoffs, as you know, you’ve failed.”

Brad Marchand echoed such a thought, deeming the 2014-15 campaign “a failure of a season,” according to WEEI’s DJ Bean.

Then again, maybe Marchand and Julien jumped to the “acceptance” phase of grieving while others haven’t quite made it there yet. More than a few Bruins seem stuck in “confusion.”

Zdeno Chara said it’s “tough to find words” to explain the letdown while Patrice Bergeron seemed in the middle: knowing that they failed, but not completely comprehending the turn of events.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, they have a longer-than-usual offseason to contemplate what went wrong … and then maybe address what needs to change.

Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, honestly got a little dark:

Tough times.