It looks like Bobby Robins’ run in Bruins training camp might be over after a promising start.
The Providence Bruins enforcer will be out a minimum of two weeks after suffering a knee injury in one of the last shifts of Tuesday night’s preseason shootout win over the Washington Capitals at the Baltimore Arena. Robins brought emotion and offense to the table in his first appearance in a Boston Bruins uniform while dropping the gloves early with Washington fighter Dane Byers, and then notched an assist on a Justin Florek score that opened up the offense for Boston in a largely sloppy game.
A two-week knee injury will keep Robins out of the remainder of the preseason schedule, and essentially leave Shawn Thornton without any enforcer competition through the rest of training camp.
“We’re probably looking at least two weeks,” said Claude Julien. “He finished the game, but it happened right near the end of the game and played another shift while he was still warmed up.
“But then it stiffened up afterward. So from what I’ve been told it will be at least another two weeks.”
While Robins wasn’t expected to win an NHL job out of training camp, he showed early in camp that the Bruins could do a lot worse if they need a little extra muscle during any particularly rough games during the regular season. Robins was a bottom-six staple for the P-Bruins last season while dropping the gloves a whopping 39 times as an energy player, and signed his first NHL contract – a two-year deal – with the Bruins during the summer.