Dave Goucher On Chara: No Need To Rush A Return
After two losses in a row the Bruins bounced back with a 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Unfortunately for Boston they lost some players to injury recently such Zdeno Chara with an undisclosed lower-body injury, Daniel Paille with a mild concussion and Gregory Campbell with a foot injury.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher talked with Toucher & Rich about the injuries this team is dealing with, this L.A. Kings game and Joe Corvo’s performance against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Originally it was reported that Chara would miss a week due to his injury, but on Monday it was reported that he felt better than he expected. His status has improved to day-to-day, but what is Goucher hearing?
“I don’t think there’s any real need to rush it to be honest with you. If you were going to make a list of guys that they could ill afford to lose the most if he’s not at the top of the list then he’s probably in the top three. I just think that there’s no need to rush it. I know there saying day-to-day, it wouldn’t surprise me if they took this week and let it kind of settle down a little bit,” Goucher said.
With Chara out how will they mix up the defenseman back there?
“I think they mix and match it. I was kind of looking at it last night, I mean Steve Kapfer gets back in the lineup, but I think you have Dennis Seidenberg play some more minutes, they’ll probably elevate Johnny Boychuk’s minutes as well, maybe try and a little bit more out of somebody like Adam McQuaid. You don’t just replace him, you can replace him with a body in the lineup, but everything he brings to it in all different situations on the ice it’s not just a one-for-one you kind of have to do it by committee,” said Goucher.
The went on to discuss Paille’s mild concussion. Will he be back in the lineup tonight against the Kings? What about Campbell’s foot?
“My guess is that Paille comes back it seemed like he was pretty good the yesterday at practice, surprisingly. He took a pretty, I thought it was a pretty nasty hit from Krys Barch last week, but he seems like he’s okay. I don’t know if the same can be said for Gregory Campbell. If he’s in a walking boot I’m not sure how optimistic they are for him tonight,” Goucher told the guys.
Joe Corvo finally broke out in the game against the Blue Jackets. The defenseman scored two of the Bruins five goals in the win, how important was it for him to get this after being so cold on the ice?
“I think it was huge for him because here’s somebody they brought him in here for his offense…I do think you could see it coming with him, he’s probably one of the better defenseman in getting shots through from the point,” Goucher said.