BRIGHTON, Mass. — Both Kevan Miller and Adam McQuaid were listed on injured reserve to start the season for the Bruins, and now we’re finding out why. Kevan Miller will be on the shelf for most of the next couple of months after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand on Tuesday, an injury that he suffered in the preseason finale win against the Philadelphia Flyers. McQuaid is day-to-day with an upper body injury, but was able to skate on his own prior to Wednesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena.
With both of the veteran defensemen out to start the season, Brandon Carlo and Robbie O’Gara have made the NHL club after big training-camp performances, and it looks like both will be in the lineup vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night with Joe Morrow serving as the spare defenseman for the Black and Gold.
“We said all along, the opportunity would be there for younger players if they stepped forward. You’re seeing throughout camp that we’ve had a couple players that have emerged through that regard, whether that’s through injury or just through their good play,” said Don Sweeney. “The coaching staff has been excited about their play. So, we move forward with that and we feel we’ve added a lot of dimensions to our team.”
Miller was operated on by Dr. Matthew Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on Tuesday, October 11, and the expected recovery time is six weeks for a rugged D-man that’s had his share of injuries over the last three seasons. With Patrice Bergeron also out for the opener with a lower body injury, former Buffalo Sabres center and New Hampshire native Tim Schaller is back up with the B’s and could make his debut with Boston on Thursday night as well.
The Ottawa Senators announced Tuesday that team captain Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda lost their son one month before his due date.
"The collective thoughts and prayers of the Ottawa Senators organization, the city of Ottawa and entire hockey community rest with Erik and Melinda Karlsson following the loss of their son.
We ask that you respect the family's wishes for privacy during the grieving process."
The couple announced via Instagram in November that they were expecting, and the CBC reports the baby was due in April.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke about the tragedy after Ottawa's game vs the Panthers on Tuesday (1:36 mark in video below).
Karlsson, a rumored Bruins target before the trade deadline, received heartfelt condolences from the hockey world on Twitter:
Our thoughts too go out to Erik and Melinda during this incredibly difficult time.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while welcoming in spring with open arms.
*Interesting exercise from ESPN putting together the best all-time lineups for a number of college hockey programs. We know about a lot of the powerhouse programs, but UVM could put together a pretty damn good lineup based on the players that have come out of the Catamounts program, including former and current Bruins Tim Thomas and Kevan Miller.
*Jack Eichel scoffs at the notion that his ankle injury should have caused the Sabres star to shut it down for the rest of the season.
*Nice work by Star Wars Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni to put together a Star Wars jersey again this season for the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins.
*Rob Rossi has got some major issues with ESPN the Magazine omitting Sidney Crosby from their Most Dominant Athletes of the last 20 years list. Yeah, I’d say that doesn’t make any sense. Not that anybody really cares about ESPN the Magazine or anything.
*Strange times with the CWHL as Cassie Campbell Pascal has resigned from her role as a CWHL Governor ahead of the league’s marquee weekend.
*The Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury are both tied together in their rise toward the top of the NHL this season.
*For something completely different: Never before has a mustache been talked about as much as the CGI mustache for Henry Cavill in Justice League, and now it’s gone forever.