Bruins’ Marchand skates for the first time since surgery

Brad Marchand He will skate Friday for the first time since the Boston Bruins striker underwent surgery in May.

Marchand was expected to need six months to recover from hip arthroscopy and labral repair in each hip, and is on his way back in late November.

“It’s a lot like learning how to ski again,” Marchand told the Bruins website at the Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Thursday. “Very light for this next few period and then hopefully progressing every week…the last few days of November are sort of a target date (to come back).”

He is expected to be out in about the first six weeks of the season; Boston will play its opening game 2022-23 at the Washington Capitals on October 12.

Marchand led the Bruins in points (80) and was second in terms of goals (32) last season behind the striker To David Buster (40) in 70 regular season games. Marchand led Boston in goals (four), assists (seven) and points (11) in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the first round of the Eastern Conference.

Marchand, 34, had hernia surgery in 2020, when a hip injury emerged.

“Once I was done with it, I had issues all over, and a hip problem they realized there was a little more to it,” Marchand said. “Then it was just about figuring out how to do it. What it came up with was trying to get as many years out of my body as I could, and to do that, I had to do it sooner rather than later. That’s why we did it this year.”

Marchand has scored at least 24 goals in each of the past nine seasons and has at least 80 points in five of the past six seasons. He’s played at least 70 games in eight of nine full NHL seasons since 2010-11 and has never missed more than 14 games in a season.

“It will be a tough match (we won’t play) but I think we are in a good position as a team,” Marchand said. “I think the hardest thing would be if the team wasn’t winning or doing well, it would really be [bad]. But I don’t think that will be the case. I think we’ll get off to a really good start. The guys are looking really good right now… I hope they give a really good boost.”

Earlier this season, the centers Patrice Bergeron And the David Krigsey Both signed a one-year contract with Boston. Bergeron, captain of the Bruins, will play his 19th season in the NHL, and Krejci returns after spending last season in his native Czech Republic after playing 15 seasons with Boston (2006-21).

“Obviously I was very happy with that,” Marchand said of Bergeron’s return. “He’s a player you can’t replicate and we’ll never have another player of this caliber here… He’s a special player and he’s going to give us a huge chance this year. Same with ‘Krech’… He got us both in the middle really deep down.”

Marchand also said he is excited to be working with coach Jim Montgomery, who was appointed on July 1 to replace Bruce Cassidy, who was fired on June 7.

“From what I’ve heard from the players who’ve played with him, played with him and played under him, there’s nothing but great things to say,” Marchand said. “I’m looking forward to going out with him.”

Selected by Boston in the third round (#71) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Marchand ranks sixth in Bruins’ history in goals (351), seventh in points (795), ninth in assists (444) and tenth in games (874).

He has 118 points (49 goals, 69 assists) in 139 playoffs and won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

“Obviously things can happen,” Marchand said. “… [Not playing is] It’s going to be tough, but it’s a long game and I hope I can feel good for the rest of the year and do that [a] A good boost at the end.”

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