Monday, October 19, 2009
LUCIC OUT FOR AT LEAST 10 GAMES
The Bruins placed bruising forward Milan Lucic on extended injured reserve. He's not eligible to return until at least 10 games and 24 days have passed. Lucic broke a finger in Friday night's victory in Dallas.
After trading Kobasew, the Bruins needed forwards so they called Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand and Vladimir Sobotka up from AHL Providence. Lefebvre played decently in Satrday's loss to Phoenix. Marchand was solid in preseason. And Sobotka's been up and down for a few years. He's tallied 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in 10 games with Providence.
Byron Bitz will likely move up the depth charts to the 3rd or 2nd line, replacing Lucic. Bitz had to fill that role in the Montreal series last postseason, and did so admirably.
But this is the worst news the Bruins could get. Lucic is the kind of guy that can spark a team to turn around. Now he's out until at least mid-November.