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Friday, 24 October 2014 15:52

With Zdeno Chara Sidelined, Boston Bruins Recall Morrow, Trotman

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With Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara slated to be out of action for at least four to six weeks with a knee injury suffered on Thursday night, the team wasted no time recalled two defensemen on Friday morning.  

The Bruins called up Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman from their AHL affiliate in Providence, hoping to stabilize a defensive unit that has been decimated by injuries and trades over the first month of the NHL season.  Within the last week, the team has lost two of their top defensemen, with both Chara and Kevan Miller (shoulder injury) expected to miss a sizable chunk of time.  Adding insult to injury, Chara's ailment occurred against the New York Islanders, who acquired former Bruin Johnny Boychuk prior to the start of this season in a salary cap move for the Bruins. 

Now a facet of the team that once looked to be filled with talent is now a clear weakness for a team struggling to find consistency in its early season performance.  The additions of Morrow and Trotman could bring more instability to the back end of the team, but they could also prove to the panicked fanbase of the Bruins what GM Peter Chiarelli was thinking when he was willing to move Boychuk for little to no return.

Morrow came to the Bruins from the Dallas Stars in the infamous Tyler Seguin deal last July.  He was a former first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 NHL Draft, but is still just 21 years old and has the talent to make an impact on the back line of the Boston Bruins.  Last year in Providence, Morrow scored six goals and 23 assists in 56 regular-season games, and added two goals and five assists in ten playoff games.  He has one goal and one assist in five games for the P-Bruins this season, and was tied for the team lead in plus/minus with a +4 rating.  He has a strong shot and solid skating skills, and has the potential to become a top-4 defenseman in the NHL.

Trotman was the last pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, but has already impressed the Boston Bruins enough to make two starts in the NHL last season.  Trotman tallied eight goals and 16 assists in 53 regular-season games in Providence last season, adding four assists during the team's playoff run.  He has one assist in five games this season.  The biggest advantage Trotman has over many of the other defensemen in the Bruins system is his size, as he could be the big strong body that the team needs with the absence of Chara for at least a month.  He is a defensive-minded player, which with the team's current struggles giving up goals to start the season, may give him the edge over Morrow as to who will see more minutes and starts in the next few weeks.

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.