The Boston Bruins announced to the public today that forward Chris Kelly has been diagnosed with a broken left tibia. The break is a result from a knee-to-knee hit Kelly sustained in Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators from Chris Neil.
The hit was accidental, but left Kelly in a heap on the ice, needing to be helped off the ice and brought immediately down the runway. Initially it was thought he had injured his knee, but instead after tests were run today it was determined to be his leg.
According to the Bruins he will be out indefinitely, but if hockey fans remember, Jeff Carter sustained a similar injury and was sideline for the timetable of six weeks. Teammate Andrew Ference also sustained the same injury in 2008-2009 and was sidelined for ten weeks, so the timetable can vary substantially from person to person. With the shortened season, it is likely that Kelly will be out for the long-term rather than the short-term given the amount of physicality and large expectation to perform at 100% with so many games in such a short amount of time.
While it was rumored that the Bruins were potentially ‘shopping’ Rich Peverley, it would seem as though we will see the likes of him in Boston for the duration, as well as see the likes of Jay Pandolfo a little more. However, it also urges the management to get another body in line that can perform as a solid, two-way player like Kelly.
Kelly was resigned by the Bruins during the off-season after coming off of a career-best season with 20 goals. This season, he has managed to post 2 goals and 4 assists in 23 games.
For now it’s a guessing game as to when he will return, but we wish him a speedy recovery!