By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins president Cam Neely is unaware of any potential opt-outs upon the team’s return to play for 2021.
If that holds true as players begin their journeys back to Boston, the only camp absences will likely come with top-line wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, as the top-scoring tandem from 2019-20 recover from offseason procedures.
“As you know we’ve had a couple of players had some offseason surgeries that they’re on track and they’re coming back,” Neely offered during a Monday video conference. “They might miss a little time, I don’t know. Brad [Marchand] is maybe ahead, I don’t want to say ahead of schedule, but ahead of where [David] Pastrnak is.”
The 32-year-old Marchand underwent a sports hernia repair, with the surgery performed by Dr. Brian Busconi and Dr. Demetrius Litwin at the UMass Memorial Medical Center on Sept. 14. The surgery came with a full recovery timeline of approximately four months from the date of the operation, which would put Marchand on track to miss at least the first game of the 2021 NHL season should the season begin on Jan. 13 as currently scheduled.
Pastrnak, meanwhile, underwent a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on September 16. The reigning Rocket Richard winner was expected to make a full recovery in five months from the date of the operation, meaning that the Bruins are expected to be without their top right wing into mid-February.
But Neely isn’t ready to put hard timelines on either player just yet.
“It’s hard to put a hard date on those guys,” Neely admitted. “Brad I know has been on the ice a couple times which is a good sign. David recently got back into town and will continue his rehab. I’m sure you know we can get you some dates as things progress here, but right now I don’t really have any hard dates for you.”
The Bruins will open training camp on Jan. 3.