McAvoy missing from Bruins practice


McAvoy missing from Bruins practice

UPDATE: McAvoy undergoes procedure for 'abnormal heart rhythm'


ORIGINAL STORY: BRIGHTON, Mass – It isn’t likely to be anything serious given the circumstances, but 20-year-old Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy was missing from the B’s practice ice on Monday morning during the team’s skate at Warrior Ice Arena. 

After practice, Bruce Cassidy indicated that McAvoy was missing to attend “a doctor’s appointment” that had been scheduled for some time. Interestingly enough, the Bruins head coach didn’t rule out McAvoy potentially missing Tuesday’s night game in relation to the visit to the doctor’s office. 

McAvoy logged 23:56 of ice time in Saturday night’s win over the Montreal Canadiens and looked perfectly healthy before, during and after the game. But the youngster was missing from practice on Monday after the Bruins hadn’t skated at all in two of the previous three days, including Sunday when McAvoy attended the Patriots/Jaguars game with a number of his teammates. 

A few missed games or missed practices here or there wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world as the B’s attempt to manage McAvoy’s time on ice with 45 games played this season, a total of two less than the young man played all of last season for Boston University, the World Junior tournament, Providence and Boston. The B’s are well aware of the possibility of McAvoy hitting the “rookie wall” in the second half, so there may be times when his workload his lessened a little bit around games even if that isn’t the case on Monday. 

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Monday’s practice for the Bruins: 















Re-setting the Bruins' blue-line depth

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Re-setting the Bruins' blue-line depth

The Bruins' already-thin blue line depth took another body blow Wednesday when captain Zdeno Chara left the first period of a loss to Colorado with an apparent knee injury. The big man is headed back to Boston for further evaluation, and as Joe Haggerty notes, any extended time away from the team by Chara could be a coup de grace.

How dire could this picture look without Chara? Here's what the defenseman depth looks like at present:


Zdeno Chara - The captain is heading back to Boston after injuring his knee in Wednesday night’s loss in Colorado. It’s unknown how long he’ll be out for, but as Joe Haggerty writes, any long-term absence could be quite costly.

Kevan Miller - On the IR with a hand injury, Miller hasn’t appeared in a game since Oct. 18, but traveled with the team for this road trip. He won’t be eligible to play until Nov. 21 against the Red Wings, however.

Charlie McAvoy - Out since Oct. 18 with a concussion, he’s skating again, but did not travel with the team for this road trip.

Brandon Carlo - He’s out on the IR with an upper body injury, having not played since Saturday’s 5-1 win over Toronto.

Urho Vaakanainen - He didn’t make the trip to Colorado, out with a concussion, but he could join the team before the road trip concludes next week in Detroit.


Matt Grzelcyk - He’s been on the top D-pairing with Chara and is averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time this season, with 1-7-8 totals in 16 games.

Torey Krug - The left-shooting puck-mover figures to join Grzelcyk on the top pairing. He started the year off on the mend, making his season debut Oct. 30, with six assists in the seven games since.

Steven Kampfer - Sitting on the third D-pairing with call-up Jeremy Lauzon on Wednesday, Kampfer is at a minus-1 for the season.

Jeremy Lauzon - The third-line rookie notched his first career goal in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Vegas.

John Moore - The well-traveled veteran has been logging heavy minutes of late, averaging 20:06 of ice time this month — including a season-high 25:53 in an overtime win over Dallas on Nov. 5. He has just two points in 18 games.

Jakub Zboril - The 21-year-old Czech is understandably thrilled about his first call-up from Providence. In 13 games for the P-Bruins, the former first-round pick has 2-2-4 totals with 16 penalty minutes.

Connor Clifton - The former Quinnipiac star was called up from Providence Thursday on an emergency basis. In 14 AHL games this season, he has four assists.

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