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Monday, May 18, 2009

Kessel, Krejci to have surgery

Boston.com is reporting that both Phil Kessel and David Krejci will require surgery.

Phil Kessel will have surgery on a torn rotator cuff and labrum on Thursday. Kessel is believed to have suffered the injury against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday March 10th. Kessel was hit late in that game by Jan Hejda but did not miss substantial time following the injury. Kessel may miss up to 6 months

David Krejci is expected to have hip surgery next month. Krejci showed no signs of any injury throughout the course of the season. Krejci will miss 4-6 months.

Wow, now this is a surprise. It shows the guts the Bruins played with this postseason. Mark Recchi was battling with kidney stones throughout the course of the playoffs. Recchi had surgery the day before game 7. Recchi also is believed to suffered a rib injury during the playoffs. Chuck Kobasew was also playing with broken rips, which he suffered in game one of round two.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anyone cares ference is also having surgery.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

does anyone think this drives down their asking price thus making them easier to sign under the cap?

3:45 PM  
Anonymous James said...

I think its going to make their price tags less then expected. both are suppose to miss 4-6 months. so if it is 6 months that makes them miss the first month of the season. there may be no leverage for either player if no other teams are interesting in offering offer sheets.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

In that same boston.com article, it lists Zdeno Chara also playing with injuries to his shoulder, groin and knee during the playoffs. I completely understand that players on every team fight through injuries in the playoffs. That's obvious. But what does that say about Chara? Wow. The guy was crippled and still competing.

I know the Norris Trophy voting has nothing to do with the post season, but this just cements my point that I had with a friend a few weeks ago - Mike Green is a one trick pony and Zdeno Chara deserves the Norris. If there is any doubt, look back at the Pittsburgh/Washington series and watch the countless times Green was out of position defensively which led to Penguins goals. Again, the playoffs do not do anything for voting, but that just proves the point. Chara is better.

Nik Lidstrom is a different story all together. But yeah.

Chara is amazing on the point, and I'm truly glad I picked up his #33 jersey.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont worry chara is almost as much of a lock for the norris as timmy is for the vezina

5:48 PM  
Blogger Pekese said...

Marian Gaborik suffered the same injury as Krejci this past season. Gaborik originally missed time with a groin and back injuries but later had surgery for a torn labrum in his hip. Gaborik missed a total of 11 weeks and returned to action at the end of the season.

Krejci will go to the same doctor that preformed surgery on Mike Lowell's hip this fall. Lowell also had a torn labrum. There's no word on how severe Krejci's injury may be but 4-6 months would be double the recovery time in contrast to Gaborik's.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

this sucks, now noone will make an offer sheet, and we'll get no 1st round picks.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous psands said...

mook, why you would want another team to pick up kessel or krejci, just so we could get some first round draft picks is beyond me. were you being serious?

1:38 AM  
Blogger willisss said...

lets get the vote going now...i know its like picking between your own 2 kids but if you had to keep just one?

krejci or kessel?

if it was all up to me, id go with krejci.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Mook said...

yes i'm serious!
keep one, but i'd trade/give the other for a 1st rounder.

keep krejci, trade kessel. need some size up front and someone willing to hit. krejci hits, kessel skates-by.

let the leafs or sens give him an offer sheet for 5m per season for 10 years, then we walk. draft some monster from the ohl and bob's your uncle.

would you trade kessel for sturm and a 1st rounder? i sure would...that's what it will be like.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

I hate to rain on your parade, but Chara has almost no chance of beating Green for the Norris. Not only did he have an insane amount of points, he had as good or better defensive stats than Chara did. I wish I could remember the site but someone took all three of the Norris Candidates and looked at ever defensive catagory and where each player ranked and it was shocking how good Green was this season.

One trick pony or not, he put together a Norris season, and Chara didn't :\

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you have to consider the whole aspect of the "shutdown" role. no one does it better than chara and green is subpar defensively. just because he has a goodplus minus doesnt mean he is good defensively; he plays with ovie,semin,and backstrom...
as for krejci vs. kessel if it had to be one id want krejci (although itd make more sense to keep kessel as we already have 3 legit 1-2 centers...)
but..krejci is exactly like bergeron before the concussions (bergie WILL rebound though). he shows the promise of developing into one of the best two way forwards in the game. kessel is a little bit too streaky..relative to krejci.
that being said weve got to sign both of these guys

11:02 AM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

I think the Bruins also need size up front, and a bit more grit.

That being said, I would still like to see Phil as a Bruin, but Krejci is more valuable at this point.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous psands said...

yea i understand that it is going to be hard to keep both, i agree if we had to keep one it would have to be krejci. but the situation is tough, if kessel did not have mono this year he would have easily gotten 40+ goals, and i think he could be a 50 goal scorer, he is still extremely young.

i know pc wants to add size up front, specifically at center because we are not that big at that position. but we already have 3 amazing centers, and we are not that small up front.

so if pc were to add a big center(jordan staal?) who would be the center we let go? and does anybody think sturm will be back next year with us?

1:51 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

Well, Bitz coming up would be great. He showed potential, and the Bruins need to figure out a way to get Blake to play more physical as well.

The Bruins need speed up front as well, and I think that at least Sturm or Phil will be Bruins next season, if not both.

As far as bulking up at the center position, I can't see them looking for anything besides a 4th liner, as I really believe Patrice, Krejci and Savvy will all be back.

That 1-2-3 punch at center they have IMO is the greatest overall strength of this team. That is saying alot considering our dynamic wingers, great goaltending, and solid D by our top 4 all season.

It will be interesting to see how PC finesses the cap, but he is the main reason the Bruins are where they are and I trust him. So I sit, and I wait for PC's craftsmanship to take place. Impatiently.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

Green didn't come close to Chara's 169 hits, but he had 110 blocked shots (13 less than Chara in 14 less games) and had 49 takeaways (an astounding 21 more than Chara, again in 14 less games).

I think people are choosing NOT to look at how good Green was on the defensive side because so much focus is being put on his offensive ability.

Besides, the logic that the Bruins allowed less goals than anyone else goes right out the window when you look at the plus/minus. It just means Chara had a better supporting cast.

Can we try and be rational here? Chara had a great season, he put up great numbers and inspired the rest of the Bruins, but Mike Green had a solid defensive year and coupled it with one of the most impressive offensive years we've seen in a long time. PS. the last time a defenseman scored 30+ goals? 1992.

Thomas for Vezina, sorry Chara, but you finish a close second in the Norris.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

not to drown this post in my non-expert ranting, but Kessle is more expendable than Krecji is, regardless of age or upside.

As cliche as it sounds, Krecji has those intagibles that can never be taught, but he has so much raw talent that he's still developing.

Kessel is a sniper, pure and simple. He has a nose for the net which every team needs. But he's also small, and being in your early 20's with a history of injury makes anyone cringe. The history of little guys having long careers is a short one (pun intended) and god knows this franchise can't deal with a Marion Gaborik.

That being said, I love Kessel and hope he stays, but I'd rather lose him than Krecji or even Bergeron (with Axelson likely gone, Bergy is the best PK and 2 way center on this team. He becomes invaluable.)

4:22 PM  
Anonymous psands said...

kessels injurys?, you mean cancer and mono? yea i know he had his injuries this year during the playoffs, but he played through those, krejci did the same thing.

my point is kessels injuries dont scare me one bit, i believe krejci is a more complete player, but you need a goal scorer, i would be surprised if pc does not lock both of these guys up.

bergerons injuries, for obvious reasons, scare me more than kessels.
and hearing pc talk about kessel in recent press conferences, he keeps calling kessel a game changer or a game breaker, and that he can turn a game with one play, my point is i think pc locks both of these guys up, and then deals with the cap, wnd who he has to trade after that.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous da wreck said...

One thing that you've got to think about when talking about signing both Krejci and Kessel is, After next season the cap is rumored to go down and Milan Lucic and Marc Savard are both free agents. I'm sure most of us here would agree that Lucic is a MUST to resign, so where does that leave Krejci and Kessel this year?

1:57 AM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

How about looking at it like this? Centers like Krejci are a rare find - and at 23, putting up those numbers while battling an incredibly tough injury (and according to Aaron Ward it was the majority of the season), I'd expect him to have one of the highest ceilings in hockey.

Savard is on the wrong side of 30, and Krejci is the heir-apparent for the top line.

If the Bruins don't resign Krejci where does that leave the bruins when Savard can't force life into the offense?

Maybe thats a few seasons off, but I think Krejci needs to, NEEDS TO, be signed. This guy is totally worth the money.

And yes psands, Kessel's injuries have either been flukish (cancer and mono are tough to blame the victim on), but he's been dinged up here and there over the last few seasons. That being said I don't think he's that big of a risk, I just don't think he can ask for as much money as a bigger scoring forward.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Birdman2403 said...

I would choose Krejci over Kessel. Kessel scores in bunches and then seems to go missing for a bit. Krejci is a more steady well-rounded player. It would be nice to keep both.

The measuring stick is the play-offs. I found Kessel to be soft in many situations and made costly turnovers / decisions defensively.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

defence goes beyond blocked shots and takeaways. a huge part of the bruins success was forcing shots from the outside, and chara was at the forefront of that.

correct me if im wrong but i dont think green played a shutdown role against the other teams' best players did he? if not then there's really no argument.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

birdman both were injured; its not really fair to judge them on whether to keep them long-term for one postseason where they were injured.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Gibby4 said...

keep kessel, Goal scorers dont grow on trees, he just needs to go to the weight room a little more then he will be a 50 goal scorer

7:41 PM  

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