The Bruins didn’t have a slew of players scheduled to hit the surgeon’s table after their season ended, but two of them got their work done this week. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that Chris Kelly (herniated disc) and Milan Lucic (left wrist) both had successful surgery this week, and should be ready to go at training camp in September.
Kelly was injured in an April 8 loss to the Minnesota Wild where he herniated the L-5 disc in his lower back, and missed the entire playoff run while trying unsuccessfully to rehab the back injury. The third-line center might have been a buyout option if he was fully healthy for a cap-strapped Bruins team, but that’s no longer an option following his back surgery.
“My back seized up on me, and I thought I caught it soon enough, but after that I was pretty sore for a while there and it’s still sore,” Kelly said on breakup day earlier this week. “A lot of the muscle and it’s a nerve thing so it shoots right down my leg, so some days are better than others. Hopefully I’ll get it fixed and it’ll be fine.”
Lucic was injured in the Game 7 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, and was wearing a cast on his left wrist while speaking with the media a couple of days after the season ended.