If it isn’t a stroke of bad luck.
Two days after Boston Bruins acquired forward Brett Connolly, the player fractured a finger during practice. Apparently, the injury occurred due to a puck hitting his right hand.
This incident caused Connolly to miss the remainder of the season. It was confirmed by The Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli, saying Connolly will probably be out of lineup for the next six weeks.
Which is a real shame considering the 22-year-old pro hockey player is considered as the top acquisition of the team, and had 12 goals and three assists in 50 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.
In fact, Chiarelli has only good words for him. “I see a top-six forward,” the general manager said. “And if you look at all his goals, he’s a shooter. He’s a shooter first. He’s a net-front guy. He’ll go and get goals at the top of the blue (paint). He’s a rangy guy. He makes plays, but he’s a shoot-first guy. I really like his release. And he’s young and he’s growing and he’s going to be a top-six player.”
All is not lost though, since The Bruins also managed to acquire forwards Max Talbot and Paul Carey from the Colorado Avalanche. Talbot, who is famous for scoring both goals in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, will make his debut at the home matchup with the Calgary Flames.
“He comes to play, and he’ll do whatever he has to to fulfill his role” coach Claude Julien told the Bruins’ official website about Talbot. “So he’s definitely a good addition to have with us, without a doubt.”
As for Connolly, here’s what the pro hockey player has to say following the trade.
“Yeah, for sure, I think I’m going to get a little bit more of an opportunity in Boston. Obviously, we had a deep forward group in Tampa. So again, I’ve very excited to get to Boston and find out my role and meet the guys and kind of settle in.”
Now the question is: will he still be able to play for the Bruins come next season? Let’s see.