By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Their season may have ended a month ago, but the ridiculously injured Bruins added another name to their list before the month closed in fourth-line winger Tim Schaller, according to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.
“Tim Schaller did go in for a hand procedure,” Sweeney said. “It was on the radar to have it followed up, and he did have something fixed there, so he’s got a recovery period, I think, full return to play of three months.”
One of just two Boston skaters to play in all 82 games this past regular season, the 27-year-old Schaller established career-highs in goals (12), assists (10), and points (22).
Schaller was also the only Boston forward to log at least 150 minutes of shorthanded time on ice, where he totaled three shorthanded goals and contributed a forward-best 15 blocked shots for a Boston penalty kill that ranked as the third-best in all of hockey, at 83.7 percent. The 6-foot-2 forward is also an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The Bruins did not approach Schaller’s camp at any point during the regular season or playoffs to talk about a potential contract extension, and there is ‘nothing new’ to report on that front, a source told 98.5 The Sports Hub. A New Hampshire native that played college hockey at Providence College, Schaller would prefer to stay with the Bruins.
While the Schaller procedure was the lone ‘new update,’ Sweeney also provided plenty of updates on those previously injured.
“Noel Acciari had his surgery, went well,” Sweeney said. “He had both a sports hernia and adductor release done, which happens sometimes when they do it just to make sure. It went very well, very similar to Patrice’s injury last year.
“Fully expect him to be ready for camp.”
It seems to be smooth sailing up and down the rest of the board, too.
“Everybody else is avoiding it at this point in time, so that’s good news,” Sweeney noted. “Brandon [Carlo] is doing well back in Colorado, and our guys have followed up there. Anders’ [Bjork] shoulder from his surgery is really well on course for a normal timeline there. [Patrice Bergeron] doesn’t have to have anything, so we’re in good shape. [Zdeno Chara]’s was just a matter of you have to calm down, shoulder and the finger there.”
Sweeney also said that the team continues to monitor and check back in with David Backes, as well as pending free agents Rick and Riley Nash, to make sure they are not dealing with any sort of post-concussion side effects.
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