BOSTON – Clearly the most serious injuries sustained by the Bruins during the playoffs were the cracked rib, torn rib cartilage, separated shoulder and punctured lung suffered by Patrice Bergeron that still have him hospitalized as rest of the B’s players pack up their things for the offseason.
Many of the players had no idea about Bergeron’s condition until informed by the media on Wednesday morning in the Bruins dressing room, and even Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien seemed confused about the exact timing of the “small hole” in Bergeron’s lung.
But the Bruins had a much better grasp on some of the lesser injuries involving Boston’s players, and impending free agent Nathan Horton appears to be the only player headed for surgery.
Horton will have his left shoulder surgically repaired for the subluxation issues he experienced during the playoffs when his shoulder popped out of the socket in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
“I’m definitely going to need something [on my shoulder]. I’m not sure what,” said Horton. “It popped out in Game 1, and I wore a brace for the whole rest of the playoffs. It didn’t feel too good, but there are a lot of guys playing through injuries. I was just one of them.”
Beyond that, Zdeno Chara was playing with a hip flexor that gave him major problems turning quickly and skating in general, and that became increasingly clear as Boston’s defensemen had trouble with the speed of the Blackhawks.
Similarly Dennis Seidenberg pulled a hamstring in the first round against the Maple Leafs, and was still battling with that injury while looking very slow against the Hawks in the Cup Finals. Seidenberg also indicated he might need surgery for bone spurs in his elbow, but that wasn’t a definite.
Neither player wanted to use injuries as an excuse, and they made sure to say they took full responsibility for the last few Cup Finals games where both Chara and Seidenberg were exploited defensively.
“All I’m going to say, look, we all play though different kind of injuries," Chara said. "Bumps, bruises, strains, and it was nothing that I would be affected by. We all tried to do our best and I don’t think any guy would put himself in a position that any of the injuries could possibly hurt the team. You do it because you love the game, you want to sacrifice, but you are not going to put your team in a position where you might actually lose a game because of it.
“There are no excuses. I’m not saying I was 100 percent, but I’m not going to say ‘Hey, I had injuries that would prevent me from playing.’ It was what we all experience through the whole playoffs.”
Tyler Seguin mentioned needing to see a doctor in the minutes after Game 6 about something that’s been bothering him the last couple of years, and many assumed he was talking about his hip.
But the 21-year-old backed off those statements on Wednesday, and said he wouldn’t be “going to see anybody” over the summer.
Those were the most significant injuries for the Black and Gold aside from Gregory Campbell’s broken fibula, but none of the health issues are expected to cause major problems headed into a 2013-14 season that’s amazingly only a few months away from starting up again.