The news is in for Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara when it comes to how long he’ll miss due to his knee injury. Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports (subscription required) that the captain will be out of Boston’s lineup for the next four to six weeks. The injury occurred early in their game on Wednesday against Colorado.
That’s yet another big blow to their back end which has been decimated by injuries in the early going this season to the point where they’ve had three rookies make their NHL debuts in the last three weeks. While Chara isn’t a number one blueliner like he once was, he still can log significant minutes as he’s averaging 21:30 per night in 18 games while chipping in with four points.
The injury won’t affect Chara’s games played bonuses in his contract as he has already played enough games (ten) to qualify for his $1.25MM bonus.
With Connor Clifton up on an emergency basis, the Bruins now have a dozen defensemen up with them at the moment with half of those dealing with injuries of some sort. Of those, only John Moore and Kevan Miller appear to be somewhat close to returning.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them look to add a depth defender in the days to come that could at the very least supplement their options in the minors. They have just three more defensemen on an NHL contract left in AHL Providence and of those, Cody Goloubef suffered a lower-body injury last night in their game against Lehigh Valley.