Tough break for the Bruins following a number of recent transactions designed for a deep playoff run, as Center Patrice Bergeron has a fractured right foot and will be evaluated in two weeks.
The team said that Bergeron, was hit blocking a shot in Toronto on Saturday. An initial X-ray was negative, but when he experienced discomfort Sunday in Buffalo, the team ordered a CT scan that revealed the fracture.
Bergeron is the top two-way player in the game and centers the best lines in hockey with wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak and leads the team with 27 goals and has 27 assists. He is a team-leading plus-26.
“It’s gonna hurt … but we’ve been through this early in the year with guys stepping up,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, according to NHL.com. “Not one guy will replace Bergy.”
Cassidy also said that Riley Nash will move into Bergeron’s spot on the top line and that David Backes will replace him on the first power-play unit.
The Bruins added forwards Rick Nash, Tommy Wingels, and Brian Gionta along with defenseman Nick Holden to booster their roster and set up for the playoffs, but are going to need several players to really step up to fill in the massive loss of Bergeron and all aspects of his amazing skills he brings to the game.