Zdeno Chara already confirmed that he spent the majority of the 2014-2015 season playing on a permanently torn PCL; now, he’s revealing another injury.
Per the club, Chara will sit out the World Championships — where he would have gone to represent his native Slovakia, had he been healthy enough to attend — with a broken foot. Chris Abraham shared the likely time of injury, suggesting that a shot taken by Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Booth late in the season was probably what caused the break.
Although Chara confirmed at the end of the 2014-2015 season — which saw the Bruins miss the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, resulting in the dismissal of tenured general manager Peter Chiarelli — that he simply needed to rehab his knee in order to see his PCL return to full strength (confirming that there would be no necessary surgery for the injury), hearing that the normally rock-solid captain is currently suffering from two separate ailments is the last thing Boston fans wanted to hear. The team is currently in a cap-strapped situation heading into the 2015-2016 season — particularly with no confirmation that the league will enact the cap escalator to see the ceiling go up rather than down — and although Chara at less than 100 percent is still a top-pairing defenseman, the team has heavily relied upon the six foot nine blue liner to be a top contributor and give them the extra edge in competition.
While Chara is sitting out the World Championships, though, Hockey Sweden has confirmed that Swedish forward Loui Eriksson will head overseas to compete with Team Sweden in Prague, while American defenseman Torey Krug is representing the United States. Worlds begin May 1st, and it’s possible that the Bruins will send other players to their various nations over the next week — Swedish born Carl Soderberg, Czech forwards David Krejci and David Pastrnak, and Finnish netminder Tuukka Rask are all possibilities to represent their nations, in addition to veteran blue liner Dennis Seidenberg.