Bruins provide medical update on Brad Marchand

November 11, 2021; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) during the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins will start the 2022-23 season without Brad Marchand available.

The unfortunate update on the 34-year-old Black and Gold superstar came with word that Marchand actually underwent surgery on both hips on Friday in New York. It was a procedure that Marchand and the Bruins recognized as a possibility this summer or next.

“Brad Marchand successfully underwent hip arthroscopy and labral repair of both hips,” the team confirmed in a statement. “The procedure was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY.”

The Bruins added that Marchand’s surgery comes with a six-month recovery time.

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Marchand is the third Bruins player to undergo hip surgery since 2020, joining David Pastrnak in 2020 and Bruin-turned-Duck John Moore in 2021, but the first to undergo surgery on both hips at the same time. If you’re looking for a reference there, it’s worth noting that David Krejci had surgery on both hips during his career with the Bruins, with the first surgery taking place in 2009 before surgery on the other hip. in 2016. Krejci, of course, went on to have several productive seasons despite having surgically repaired hips, and he’s still productive even though he’s no longer visible from our backyard.

As for Marchand, the “best-case scenario” timeline would set the 5-foot-9 wing up for a return around Thanksgiving. So assuming the NHL returns to its “normal” schedule this fall, that’s about 25 games or so without Marchand.

And with Marchand out, the Bruins’ left-side depth roster currently includes Taylor Hall, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic and Nick Foligno. Centers Erik Haula and Tomas Nosek also have experience as left wingers.

Marchand, who led all Boston skaters with four goals and 11 points in seven playoff games, is coming off a regular season that included a team-leading 32 goals and 80 points in 70 games played. Marchand is the league’s fourth-leading scorer since 2016 with 506 points in 420 games, with only Patrick Kane (517), Leon Draisaitl (556) and Connor McDavid (649) posting higher totals during that span.

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