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Bruins star Brad Marchand set for surprise offseason surgery

Brad Marchand, Bruins

The Boston Bruins were bounced in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after failing to win a single game on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes in their seven-game series. While they managed to get the job done in Boston, it wasn’t enough to force their way into the second round. With the offseason looming, it appears Brad Marchand could be set to undergo a procedure on his hip, according to Fluto Shinzawa.

It’s unclear how serious of a procedure Marchand is expected to need, but it’s believed he will be going under the knife to fix the issue at some point this offseason. Marchand played a huge part for the Bruins in both the regular season and the playoffs, so getting him back to full strength for the 2022-23 NHL season will be absolutely critical.

During the regular season, Marchand registered 80 points in 70 games, scoring 32 goals and providing 48 assists. The 34-year-old veteran led the Bruins in points, and his 48 assists were the top mark on the squad. He was second in scoring behind David Pastrnak’s 40 goals. His 11 points in the playoff series against the Hurricanes were also the most from any Bruins player, as he scored a team-high 4 goals and distributed a team-high 7 assists.

The four-time All-Star and one-time Stanley Cup champion has spent his entire 13-year career with the Bruins, and will almost certainly spend the remainder of his playing days in Boston. Getting his hip ailment right ahead of the regular season will give him the best chance at staying healthy throughout the 2022-23 season as the Bruins look to stage a deep playoff run.