Brad Marchand has a clear idea of when he’ll return to the Bruins
Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins have a good idea of when they’d like to reunite.
Speaking at the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament in Plymouth on Thursday, Marchand said he plans to resume skating on Friday, a major step in his rehab from off-season hip surgery. He’s still expected to miss around six weeks from the start of the regular season, but is aiming to return in late November, which would mark a total recovery time of six months.
“I think [my return will be] around there, the end of the month – the last few days of November is kind of the target date. It’s about six months, around there,” said Marchand (via Eric Russo at NHL.com).
The Bruins could obviously use Marchand back as soon as possible, but especially so in that late November range. Specifically Monday, Nov. 21, when the B’s hit the road to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. That night begins an absolute gauntlet of a schedule, when the Bruins face, in order: Tampa, Florida, Carolina, Tampa again, Colorado (!), Vegas, Colorado again (!!).
Marchand may be looking at the Bruins’ schedule himself and thinking, “Guys if we could go ahead and get me back on the ice for THOSE games, that would be greeeat.” But regardless of how the schedule shook out, six months has always been the approx. timeline for Marchand to come back.
The good news, based on Marchand’s comments at the golf tournament, is that his recovery process is still on time. Barring a setback, the Bruins have a chance to get their perennial Hart Trophy candidate just in time for the toughest stretch of the season.
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