The Bruins are just 10 days into their offseason, but they have started to take care of some injuries in anticipation of next season. To that end, two forwards went under the knife, both Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly undergoing successful surgery, according to a statement issued by general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Lucic had surgery to repair his left wrist, which he injured in Game 7 against Montreal. Lucic said a week ago that he got it caught and jammed it in the first period of that game. He hoped it was just a sprain — he wore a brace on breakup day — but the injury required surgery.
Kelly, meanwhile, missed all of the postseason with a herniated disk in his back. The injury to the L5 vertebra was sustained April 8 in Minnesota, and Kelly had held off on surgery in the hopes he would make it back for the playoffs at some point.
On May 16, Kelly said he was having pain shooting down his leg, adding, “By far this is the worst pain I’ve ever been in.
“I’ve broken lots of bones, separations, but this is a whole different thing.”
He said the injury affected his ability to even sleep or sit for an extended period of time.
Kelly has had a frustrating couple of years, breaking his tibia in March of 2013 and his fibula in December of 2013.
“Hopefully I’ve gotten them all out of the way the last two years and we move forward,” said Kelly, who has two years remaining on his four-year, $12 million contract. “Injuries are part of sports in general. Sometimes you’re unlucky.”
Both players are expected back for training camp in September.
Former Bruins assistant Jim Benning has officially been named GM of the Vancouver Canucks. Both Chiarelli and Bruins president Cam Neely issued statements on the loss to the front office.
“Jim was a valuable member of our hockey operations staff for the past eight seasons,” Neely said. “Our organization is appreciative of the contributions he made and we wish him and his family the best in their new endeavor in Vancouver.”
Said Chiarelli, “Jim was a valuable member of our organization, whose experience, work ethic, and hockey acumen was greatly appreciated in the course of his time here. We wish him the best of luck in his new position.
“Jim will have no further obligations to the Bruins effective immediately. We will look internally and externally to replace that position.”
The Bruins also could lose assistant GM Don Sweeney, who has interviewed for at least one GM job, with the Washington Capitals.
One last look
The Bruins announced Friday that the final episode of their television series “Behind the B” will air Monday on NESN at 7:30 p.m. and focus on the playoff series vs. the Canadiens.