If the Bruins hadn’t missed the playoffs this year, they would have entered the postseason with a banged-up Zdeno Chara, if he’d been able to play at all.
The Bruins announced on Tuesday that the 38-year-old defenseman had suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula. Slovakian news outlet Sport.sme first reported that Team Slovakia head coach Vladimir Vujtek said the injury will prevent Chara from taking part in the IIHF World Championships, which begin on May 1.
The Bruins said that the recovery time for the injury is expected to be four weeks and that Chara won’t require surgery. The team did not specify when the injury occurred, but it may have happened when Chara blocked a shot off the stick of Toronto’s David Booth on April 4.
Chara missed practice on April 6 (labeled as a “maintenance day” by coach Claude Julien), but was back on the ice the following day and played in the final three games of the Bruins season, averaging 24:33 of ice time over those contests.
The 2014-15 season was a disappointing one for the longtime Bruins captain, as the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time since his inaugural season with the club. Chara suffered a torn PCL in his left knee on Oct. 23 against the New York Islanders and missed 19 games. He played every game the rest of the way for the B’s, finishing the year with eight goals and 12 assists, his second-lowest points total since 2000-01.