The Boston Bruins lost another valuable member of their team to injury on Sunday night. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton left the B’s tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first period due to an apparent lower-body injury. He was taken to the dressing room and did not return.
Claude Julien made it known that Hamilton will return home to Boston for treatment and it’s unclear if he will rejoin the club during their current Canadian road swing. Though signs seem to be indicating at least a week before Hamilton returns to action.
Hamilton is just one of three Bruins defenseman to be recently bitten by the injury bug. Adam McQuaid is still out, as he continues to battle a nagging lower-body injury. McQuaid was placed on injured reserve Sunday.
Johnny Boychuk was knocked out of action in a recent loss to Montreal and he’ll be absent for at least a few days because of back spasms, but he appears to be progressing quickly.
Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski will continue to skate in place of McQuaid and Boychuk. Though Boston is optimistic that Boychuk could be ready for Tuesday’s game in Calgary. The Bruins would need to make a roster move in the event Boychuk cannot dress.
Chris Kelly was also placed on long-term injured reserve on Sunday. Kelly fractured his right fibula against the Penguins on Saturday night. He is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks.