Bruins’ Marchand, Pastrnak and McAvoy recover from off-season surgeries

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The Boston Bruins could be deprived of two-thirds of their leading line when the next NHL season kicks off after the team said Tuesday that David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each had surgery last month.

Pastrnak is not expected to be fully recovered and able to perform until mid-March after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip on September 16 in New York City. Pastrnak shared the Rocket Richard Trophy in tying for the league lead with 48 goals last season and wasted playoff time with injury.

Marchand won’t be ready to go until mid-February after suffering a sports hernia repaired Sept. 14 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the left winger for the NHL’s first all-star team in the postseason vote after recording 87 points on 28 goals and 59 assists in 70 games when play was suspended.

Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy underwent arthroscopy on his right knee on September 8 and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

The Bruins have said every operation is a success, but the winners of the defending Presidents’ Trophy for finishing with the most points in the regular season will see a skyrocket in early 2021 if the game begins on Jan. 1 or shortly after. after that, what the NHL is aiming for.

Boston lost to future Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay in the second round of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference bubble in Toronto. The Bruins reached Game 7 of the 2019 Cup Final before losing to St. Louis and made the playoffs for four consecutive years.

Despite the loss of defender Torey Krug to Saint-Louis in free agency, they were considered among the favorites in 2021 to win their first title in a decade. There remains the question of what will happen with 43-year-old captain Zdeno Chara, who is a free agent.

Much of the Atlantic Division has improved this offseason as well, making the challenge even more difficult for the Bruins, who have added great winger Craig Smith in free agency and will need to exploit their depth without Pastrnak and Marchand for some time. .

“Making it through the playoffs, what we want to be, a team that comes in and passes is the ultimate goal,” general manager Don Sweeney said last week. “You must have the ability to survive the war of attrition. From the years we have been successful in this regard, it is sometimes fortuitous that you do not have catastrophic injuries. And other times, that’s exactly what happens during the game. “

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