After scoring two goals to become the hero of the Winter Classic, Jake DeBrusk may miss some serious time. The Boston Bruins forward was seen in a walking boot after the game, and Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff is reporting that DeBrusk has a fractured fibula.
Head coach Jim Montgomery confirmed to reporters including Matt Porter of the Boston Globe that DeBrusk isn’t on the trip, but will give a more detailed update tomorrow. Chris Wagner is expected to be recalled in his place.
If the injury was suffered on an early blocked shot as many are speculating, it means DeBrusk scored both the tying and winning goal at Fenway Park on a broken leg. The 26-year-old has been completely rejuvenated this season with 16 goals and 30 points in 36 games, after some tricky years with the Bruins.
A trade request, plenty of rumors, and a season where he scored just five goals, he once again looks like the powerful, skilled forward that Boston hoped they were getting with the 14th overall pick in 2015. His removal from the lineup is a big blow for the Bruins, especially given how tight they are to the salary cap ceiling.
If he’s going to miss more than ten games, they could move him to long-term injured reserve to get a little more flexibility. But that doesn’t really allow them to acquire a replacement, unless he’ll miss the rest of the season. Instead, the team will have to be a little more creative in how they sort out the lineup and replace DeBrusk’s offense.