SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 16: Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Florida Panthers chases Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins into the corner for the loose puck on January 16, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Following a his huge collision with Senators winger Chris Neil, Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk has sustained a 'mild concussion' according to GM Peter Chiarelli.
According to GM Peter Chiarelli, Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk sustained a 'mild concussion' after a huge hit from Senators forward Chris Neil in the team's 5-3 win over Ottawa. Boychuk did not practice on Monday in preparations for Tuesday night's home meeting with the Senators.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien told the media that Boychuk is considered 'day-to-day', but is unlikely for the team's game against the Senators.
The Bruins front office made us also question the severity of Boychuk's injury as they acquired two defensemen in Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders and Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild just before the NHL Trade Deadline. Chiarelli said that Boychuk's injury didn't factor into the trade.
"What I've seen over my time in hockey, defensemen can drop like flies. They really can," Chiarelli told ESPN Boston. "You can never have enough defensemen. We wanted to have eight NHL defensemen in the mix, so that was the blueprint I was working off of."