Even with 10 days of rest, the Boston Bruins injury situation doesn’t look to be changing.
While reports about veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara appear positive, the news about right winger Chris Wagner and defenseman Kevan Miller is not. According to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, both players will not be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and could miss the entire series.
“We’ve got some time to evaluate where guys will be,” said Sweeney, referencing the 10-day layoff between the conference final and the Stanley Cup Final (via NBC Sports Joe Haggerty). “I don’t expect (Miller) to be ready to play. I’ll be really surprised if (Wagner) will be ready to play, but we’ll see where that goes.”
Miller, who hasn’t been in a game since April 4 with a knee injury, suffered a setback during rehab. The Bruins had been hoping to bring Miller back for the Stanley Cup Finals. While Miller has been with the team the entire way, trying to get back on the ice, Wagner’s situation is worse. The forward suffered an injury to his right arm after blocking a shot from Carolina Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk’s in Game 3 of their series and was immediately transported back to Boston.
The Bruins will likely have to lean more on each of their replacements as Connor Clifton and Noel Acciari have played well in the postseason.
The news, however, for Chara was better as Sweeney said he expects Chara to be ready for Game 1 of the Finals, but the team intends to monitor his progress over the layoff.
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