The news hasn't been good for Adam McQuaid, and it doesn't appear to be anytime soon.
The B's defenseman has been sidelined by a groin/hip injury since January 19, and while it looked like he was close to a return, a setback ruled him out for two weekend games against the Capitals and Rangers, and it looks like he'll miss more games coming up.
The Bruins are already thin at defense, and the news comes at a time just before the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday.
The Bruins will have to do something to fill the void, Joe Haggerty said on SportsNet Central with Mike Giardi.
"He hasn't played since January 19th," Haggerty said. "When you have a setback when you haven't even played in a game yet that's telling you that something serious is wrong with Adam McQuaid. Claude Julien kind of poo-pooed the notion that he would need surgery before the game, but at some point I think that's what you kind of have to go towards that that might be what happens.
"Certainly you can't rely on him being 100-percent going down the stretch and into the playoffs, and that absolutely pushes Peter Chiarelli's hand even more. They need a defenseman, they need a big strong veteran presence. If you go into the playoffs with Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk as your only veteran D's and all young guys, you're really asking for trouble."