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MAJOR: Boston Bruins Defenseman Out for the Season

Published March 10, 2024 at 10:10

Boston Bruins' camp, folks. General Manager Don Sweeney just dropped a bombshell: defenseman Derek Forbort's season is probably a wrap. He's been sidelined and placed on LTIR.

Bruins Defenseman Derek Forbort's Season Likely Over

Sweeney revealed that poor Forbort is dealing with not just one, but two injuries. One of them might even need surgery.

Now, this news highlights the uphill battle the Bruins are facing as they try to weather the storm of injuries heading into the rest of the season and Stanley Cup playoffs.

Head coach Jim Montgomery tried to downplay the injury, probably to keep Forbort's situation under wraps until they made a final decision. However, General Manager Don Sweeney and the Bruins reached a point where they just weren't comfortable sending Forbort out onto the ice.

Forbort's three year, $9 million contract is up at the end of this season, and with the way things are looking, it's possible that his time with the Bruins might be coming to an end. He could be hitting the unrestricted free agent market this summer.

Forbort's been in action for 35 games this season, notching four assists and boasting a plus-8 rating. He's been a beast on defense, racking up a whopping 65 blocks during that time. Since joining the Bruins in 2021, he's tallied nine goals, 30 points, 253 blocks, and 307 hits in 165 games.

As for the latest update on Forbort, well, his move to the LTIR paved the way for Boston's deadline day trade for defenseman Andrew Peeke. Peeke's locked in for another two years after this season, with a $2.75 million price tag. It's a bold move for the Bruins, but with Forbort battling injuries pretty much since training camp, they had to make some tough decisions to shore up their defense.

Yet as they've proved all season, the Bruins – they're a resilient bunch. Let's send some positive vibes Forbort's way and hope for a speedy recovery. And in the meantime, the rest of the team will just have to step up their game and rally together.
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MAJOR: Boston Bruins Defenseman Out for the Season

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