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.