The Boston Bruins had somewhat of a nightmare year last season when it came to injuries. In fact, not one player played the full 82 games. Thus far this year hasn’t been much better for them.
With Torey Krug one of the latest to find himself added to the Boston Bruins’ injured reserve list, you have to wonder what the team does that causes so many injuries to their players.
Is it the advancing years of the core group? Is it the slightly heavier style we play compared to most of our Atlantic Division rivals? Is it poor scouting and drafting; acquiring guys that are a little flimsy, for lack of a better word? Or is it plan and simple just rotten luck?
Whatever it is, it’s forced Boston Bruins head coach, Bruce Cassidy to adapt plenty both last year and this year. Against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, he iced a line-up containing no less than 4 players that started the year with the Providence Bruins.
The likes of Trent Frederic, Anders Bjork, Urho Vaakanianen and Paul Carey are all more than capable hockey players, but it’s still a bit of a leap to view them on the same level as the guys they were filling in for.
In assessing the injuries currently afflicting the Boston Bruins, we shall look at those we can expect back sooner rather than later as well as those that aren’t even back on the ice yet.
Hopefully the returnees have an impact, when they eventually get back out there.
Anyhow, let’s start with the more long-term injuries: