Morning Free Association: All The Injuries

Final media availability for the 2016-2017 Boston Bruins occurred yesterday afternoon at their practice facility, Warrior Ice Arena. This season wrap-up usually entails a round-up of injuries and the true nature of them.

  • Let’s start with the most surprising. Top-line center Patrice Bergeron revealed that he’s been battling a sports hernia from the beginning of the season (remember he also played for Team Canada in the WCH). Sports hernias are painful tears in the tissue of the abdominal wall of the lower groin and not uncommon among hockey players who often travel on the ice at a good clip and often need to twist around in their play.

Should we be more surprised that he played in 79 regular season games and the 6 playoff games or that he did that and is a Selke finalist.

  • Adam McQuaid who put together the highest game total of his career this season was derailed in game 2 against the Senators with a neck injury.

Of course, Quaider wants to stay in Boston.

  • Torey Krug was close to a return, hoping for a chance to at the second round. He had a knee injury and despite some reports that it was an MCL, I couldn’t confirm the true nature of his injury. It doesn’t matter- he doesn’t require surgery and he’ll be good to go in October.

  • David Krejci also had a knee injury sustained in game 3 when he collided with Chris Wideman. He was also due back in the second round.

  • Brandon Carlo confirmed that he has a concussion and he’s still not symptom-free and he had to weigh playing in the playoffs versus his long-term health.

Since Carlo is planning on sticking around Boston for the summer, perhaps he’ll play in the Foxboro Summer League. I know someone who would love to watch him play hockey on Tuesday nights during the summer.

  • Finally, Tuukka cleared up his injury situation.

Other Odds and Ends:

  • Zdeno Chara spoke with the press about the season and the youth infusion. He also talked about his future.

  • Ryan Spooner didn’t think he performed poorly this year and expressed his desire to return.

  • Matt Beleskey admits he had a bad year. Truthfully, he seemed off in the beginning and the knee injury pretty much derailed him. He’ll definitely be better next year, he promises.

  • Last but not least, the fine trade deadline pickup, Drew “New Guy” Stafford, would like to return.

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