We’re three days removed from the Boston Bruins’ season-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5, and the Monday Morning Quarterbacking is still strong. Costly turnovers, breakdowns during 5-on-5 play, a lack of secondary scoring and Brad Marchand licking another human being are just a few things that went wrong for the Black and Gold against their Atlantic Division rivals.
Those aforementioned factors pale in comparison to the numerous injuries revealed during the team’s breakup day — and final player media availability — Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena.
The injury news revelations are a common theme to the team’s season-ending player interviews in the locker room. General Manager Don Sweeney might confirm more injuries during his year-end press conference — along with head coach Bruce Cassidy — Thursday at TD Garden.
Judging from the news in Brighton on Wednesday, the only thing Sweeney might add is whether or not certain players will opt for surgery. Even then, that might wait until the following weeks.
For now here’s the full list of players that worked through injuries during the second round of the players.
– Torey Krug, who missed Game 5 with a fractured ankle, will be wearing a protective boot for the next two months. No surgery needed.
– David Backes, who suffered a concussion following the hit on J.T. Miller, is still feeling the effects from the hit. The former St. Louis Blues captain has a history of concussions and carries a $6 million cap hit for the next three years. That could be a topic of discussion, along with his future in Boston, this summer.
– Jake DeBrusk sprained his AC joint against the Lightning in Round 2. The rookie forward hopes to avoid surgery.
– Zdeno Chara played through an upper-body injury throughout the playoffs. The 6-foot-9 captain still logged well over 20 minutes of ice time per game. His conditioning is still great, but Sweeney also needs to add a top-four, left-shot defenseman to help ease Chara’s minutes next season.
– Riley Nash, one of Boston’s notable unrestricted free agents, suffered a concussion late in the regular season and also played with a hip injury during the playoffs. Nash’s versatility was welcomed during his first two years, but Sweeney has a few options to replace him — including Ryan Donato and prospect Trent Frederic — for next season.
– Brandon Carlo, who missed his second straight postseason, is recovering from his season-ending ankle injury back on March 31 against the Panthers. The second-year blue-liner should be ready for training camp.
– Fourth-liner Noel Acciari played with a sports hernia since November and will undergo an off-season procedure.
– Last, but certainly not least, is Patrice Bergeron. The four-time Selke Award winner missed Game 4 of the Maple Leafs series with the flu and concussion-like symptoms and played through a groin injury all season long. Bergeron hopes to avoid surgery in the off-season.