Remember how Zdeno Chara injured his knee the other night? Well, it’s not looking good. The Bruins announced yesterday that Chara was flying back to Boston to undergo further evaluation by the medical team.
UPDATE: Zdeno Chara will travel back to Boston to be re-evaluated by team doctors. The team will issue further updates when available.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 15, 2018
Dr. Jessica Flynn, who consults on injuries for both the Boston Sports Journal and NBC Sports Boston has some thoughts on what happened to Chara.
Chara sustained a valgus injury to his left knee last night. Most likely a significant MCL sprain. ACL injury possible but less likely because he’s on a skate/foot not fully planted. https://t.co/Td5H77Uv7H
— DocFlynn (@jessdeede) November 15, 2018
She elaborates in an article on BSJ (sorry for the paywall) that it’s likely a MCL injury with a chance of damage done to the ACL. Remember a couple of years back when Chara tore his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and was out for what felt like a million years? Well, he permanently tore that ligament and had no surgery due to the percentage of the tear. Dr. Flynn suggests that his knee, already destabilized by that PCL injury, may require some intensive treatment up to and including surgery. If he requires surgery, his season is done. Yikes!
Of course, that is the worst case scenario. He could be out a week, he could be out more. At 41, Chara has had some wear and tear on his body over the years and that may complicate his recovery time. Hopefully, he’ll back soon.
In the meantime, the Bruins have called up another defenseman from Providence: Connor Clifton. Apparently, he performed so well last season with the AHL club that it earned him a contract with Boston. The former Quinnipiac captain joins the game of How Many Different Defensemen Can the Boston Bruins Play This Season. Let’s have a look at that, shall we.
All currently injured defensemen are in italics
That’s a lot for so early.
It should be an interesting next few games.