Ryan Spooner is out indefinitely for the Bruins after suffering a concussion in the third period of Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.
The 25-year-old Spooner finished without a shot on net in 13:32 of ice time in Boston’s third loss in their last 11 games, and it’s unclear exactly which hit concussed him. He’s managed concussion issues at the NHL level up until this point, and has been relatively healthy aside from a thumb injury that was affecting his face-off performance in recent weeks.
The Bruins have an abundance of centers on their NHL roster, and have 13 healthy forwards even with Spooner on the shelf temporarily, so a call-up to Boston isn’t likely to be necessary. It’s too bad, though, as Spooner and Frank Vatrano had developed some good chemistry together on Boston’s third line, and had shown the potential to be a dangerous unit with Drew Stafford.
Ironically enough interim Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was just talking about having a fully healthy Bruins lineup just hours before the B’s disclosed their third line center was dealing with a concussion issue.
“Full health is important this time of year. You want to field your best lineup as much as possible, and to have depth to move guys in and out of the lineup to create some competition, which is good,” said Cassidy. “When guys know they have nobody pushing them to get in the lineup, you would hope they wouldn’t get comfortable, but it’s human nature sometimes.”
The Bruins have called up Austin Czarnik, who they'll surely plug in as their third line center.