The Bruins made Brandon Carlo’s status official on Tuesday night, confirming that the 21-year-old defenseman suffered a fractured left ankle and will miss the rest of the season. He was previously reported to have a fractured fibula.
GM Don Sweeney placed Carlo’s recovery time at 3-4 months. Surgery to repair the fracture will be performed at Mass. General Hospital by Dr. George Theodore.
The loss of Carlo is a blow to the Bruins defense in terms of both depth and the size that Carlo brought to the lineup. The second-year blue liner was playing particularly well in recent games, stepping up in the absence of Zdeno Chara.
With the captain and Charlie McAvoy back in the lineup, Adam McQuaid and Nick Holden will likely split time on a pairing with Torey Krug when all Bruins defensemen are healthy. Kevan Miller and Matt Grzelcyk have been effective enough as a pair to keep them together down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Carlo’s 3-4 month timetable should have him ready in plenty of time for training camp next season. But it sure is frustrating and disappointing for the young defenseman as he has to sit out the playoffs with an injury for the second straight year.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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