The Boston Bruins were disappointingly bounced in the first round of the NHL Playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes and now they face an offseason of question marks. To make matters worse, one of their longest-tenured and most important players, Brad Marchand, just underwent surgery on both his hips.
Brad Marchand undergoes surgery on both hips, Bruins announce https://t.co/wx7uyGh69D
— NHL on Scoreboard Page (@NHLonSP) May 27, 2022
The Bruins announced his recovery will take about six months, which means his status for the first couple of months of the 2022-2023 NHL season could be in doubt. Marchand was solid for Boston in 2021-22, scoring 32 goals and notching 48 assists. He also made his impact felt against Carolina, netting four more and supplying seven assists in the best of seven series.
Patrice Bergeron could potentially retire this season which means Marchand would be the only player left from the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup roster. Both of these players are absolute icons for the franchise and just thinking of Boston without them feels wrong.
Marchand is still signed with the Bruins through 2024-25 and is now top-10 in franchise history in scoring with almost 800 career points. He's spent his entire career with Beantown and will be hoping to recover as quickly as possible so he can help Boston get back into contention next season in a very tough Eastern Conference.