The Bruins lost to the New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night but it turns out they may have a lost a lot more than that. Zdeno Chara, the team’s captain and anchor on the blue line, suffered a knee injury and did not return to the game. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, maybe more.
This is a huge blow to the team because in Chara they have their leader as well as the most important part of their defense.
“You see your captain go down, and probably your most important player go down. It’s definitely not a great sight to see,” B’s winger Milan Lucic said after the game. “He’s irreplaceable.”
The situation goes from bad to worse when it seems as though Chara may need surgery on top of that. For someone his size, at his age, this is not a good thing to hear. Chara has been a rock for the Bruins in his 9 seasons here, missing only 20 games during that span. Needless to say, his loss will be a very difficult one to replace.
So what options to the Bruins have in the wake of his injury? For starters, each of the members of the defense has to step up. This is especially true for Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg, who will be called on to log the most minutes on the team’s top pairing. Adam McQuaid will have to up his physical presence, and Torey Krug will have to be the B’s top weapon on the blue line.