Throughout his tenure in Boston, defenseman Zdeno Chara has been one of the team’s most reliable players, both because of his consistency on the ice and his health. Now the Bruins are in unfamiliar territory as he’s sidelined with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The good news is that Boston does have some effective young defensemen it can fall back on in Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. The presence of Dennis Seidenberg, who was limited to 34 contests last season, also makes competing without Chara much less painful. Plus, the Bruins have one of the league’s top goaltender Tuukka Rask, although he’s off to a less than ideal start with a 2.63 GAA and .897 save percentage in seven games.
All the same, any team that loses a player of Chara’s caliber will have to make adjustments.
Mike Milbury and Keith Jones looked into the Bruins’ situation and you can see their take below: