Morning Skate: Friday, July 27

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Morning Skate: Friday, July 27

The man, the myth, the legend Bobby Orr talks about the state of hockey and several of the players that it represents with the Ottawa Senators.

Shane Doan meets one last time with the Phoenix Coyotes before making a decision on his future and potentially landing somewhere else in the NHL world.

The Backhanded Shelf has Tim Thomas getting roasted by several notables on twitter: most notably Alicia Love the lesbian comedian he did the Discover Card commercial with and Roberto Luongo.

Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com says that Jacub Voracek is excited to be stepping into the Flyers role vacated by his hero, Jaromir Jagr.

Local skater and former UNH standout Bobby Butler has been placed on waivers by the Ottawa Senators after an encouraging start to his NHL career.

For something completely different: an Olympics addict tells their story of exhilaration and voyeurism at the world sporting event.

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

Matt Beleskey out six weeks with a right knee injury

BOSTON – Some key Bruins players have missed a handful of games here or there already this season, but only this week did they suffer one of their first major injuries to a key player that will knock him out for nearly two months. 

Matt Beleskey will miss roughly six weeks with an injury to his right knee after the feisty forward was caught with a hip check by Tyler Fedun near center ice in Buffalo over the weekend.  Beleskey tried to instinctively sidestep the oncoming attack, but instead his lower half caught the brunt of the big collision with a young Sabres attacker. 

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Instead Fedun caught Beleskey’s right leg with his hip check, and the gritty Bruins winger was knocked out in the first period of last weekend’s win over the Sabres. 

Beleskey was spotted walking with a bit of a limp during and after Boston’s 4-3 OT win against the Florida Panthers on Monday night, and armed with what looked to be a giant brace or cast on his right leg. It’s clearly a bummer for Beleskey that he’ll now miss a large chunk of time due to a freak injury, and the Bruins have to be disappointed at the timing of it all given how well Beleskey has been playing lately. 

The injury certainly opens up the third line left wing spot for a player like Ryan Spooner, who has struggled to find his right place in the NHL, or a player like Frankie Vatrano as he gets over the hump in his recovery from foot surgery.

Beleskey has skated in plenty of games with Boston in 2016-17, producing two goals and three assists for five points with 23 penalty minutes in what’s been better described as “bedlam”  after a slow start to the regular season.