Morning Free Association: Uh-Oh

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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.

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.

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

Zdeno Chara
Charlie McAvoy
Brandon Carlo
John Moore
Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk
Steven Kampfer
Torey Krug
Urho Vaakanainen
Jeremy Lauzon
Jakub Zboril
Connor Clifton

That’s a lot for so early.

It should be an interesting next few games.

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Satan 81's Sister
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AM rushes:
Krug – Clifton
Lauzon – Grzelcyk
Zboril – Kampfer
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Are we also Moore-less then?

Satan 81's Sister
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Yeah, not on the ice for practice. Conversations with Satan81 about that D corp
Me: That’s…uh…something.
Him: That’s Providence.

MadScientist72
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Oh, no! We’ve comecomment image !

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Is that Tuukka or Halak? They both might want some personal time…. for their own personal safety!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Is there any rule stating they can sit a forward and defenseman and put two goalies in net at the same time?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Rivers Cuomo…

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Great minds think alike!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Can we play with four skaters and have both in the net??

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Where’s Moore in that mess?

The London Bear
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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Just made an extra $100 shoveling my rich neighbor’s sidewalk!!!!!
Happy dance!!!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

More than covers the extra chiropracter appointment i’ll need.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

My boss gave my cow-worker and I $50 yesterday!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh, if only I had some snow to shovel.

And a shovel with which to shovel it…

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Walking in a winter wonderland this morning. Imagine people are now going to make their way up here this weekend to hit the mountain.

Also Gritty because he is everything that is pure and innocent in the world and snow is forever renamed zamboni dust:

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Skate blade sludge! It’s all over my driveway!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Time to go do that voodoo that i do so well……. shovel snow.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey Pals,
I’ve been watching the replay of the check that may have caused Z’s injury. That’s the same way mine bent when i was injured. I have an issue with the fibular collateral ligament. I’m not a doctor (although i’m willing to play doctor…….. JoAnn?). Anyway, it’s not the ACL. ACL damage no bueno. Still, Homey goin’ to be out awhile.
Hey, this can be a test of who’s got it and who don’t…….AND a rest for Z. I’m always looking for silver linings, eh? Nuthin’ we can do, but hope for the best.
Heading out for more shoveling!!!

The London Bear
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AND a rest for Z.

I just hope he gets enough rest this time. When he hurt his knee last time he clearly came back too soon. You’ve got to admire his attitude but it doesn’t help the team.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Can’t agree more! The team only needs to make the playoffs HEALTHY!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Definitely time to see who steps up. Zee is wonderful and will be sorely missed but obviously it’s time to start getting their D ready for when Zee retires.

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It sure sounds “no bueno”. (BTW, Wow, what a nice diagram on that article.)
I screwed up what I think was my MCL (inside) and left it untreated – it swelled up pretty big and it really took 2 years to regain my former strength. I am not a big fan of significant tendon injuries.

MadScientist72
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Still, Homey goin’ to be out awhile.

But he will be back. We can rebuild him!comment image