Bruins' Lucic recovering from wrist surgery; 'Could have handled [loss to Canadiens] better'

by Jul 18, 11:55 PM

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic underwent wrist surgery shortly after his team lost in the second round of the playoffs at the hands of the rival Montreal Canadiens.

The injury occurred after the wrist was jammed during the first period of the series-deciding contest; Lucic told Ken Campbell of The Hockey News that pins were recently removed, saying "I can finally start my summer program to get myself going for next season."

Lucic also addressed comments made in the handshake line following the bitter loss. While the power forward remains firm in not apologize for his actions, he does admits some regret for how he handled the situation:

I’m not going to apologize for how I acted or what was said. But at the end of the day, thinking about it now, maybe I definitely could have handled the situation better than I did. But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing. I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents’ Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake.

Back to the injury, Lucic added “I’m hoping I can get all the movement back to where it was prior to the injury." 

In 80 games last season, the 26-year-old registered 24 goals and 35 assists. He also chipped in four goals and three assists in 12 playoff games.

Oh, and the Bruins are set to visit the Canadiens on Oct. 16.

Sep 27, 4:19 PM

Bruins' Lucic cleared to make preseason debut Saturday in Detroit

by Sep 27, 4:19 PM

The Boston Bruins will welcome Milan Lucic back to the lineup for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The rugged forward skated Saturday morning and received a positive evaluation on his surgically-repaired wrist.

"Everything's progressed really, really well over the last two weeks, especially, and with the group decision, we decided that today would be a good time for me to come back," Lucic said, as per NHL.com. "I'm excited to get into my first game here."

Lucic ranked fourth on the 2013-14 President't Trophy winning Bruins with 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists).

Feature photo courtesy of Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports

Sep 26, 8:59 PM

Bruins' Lucic hoping to make preseason debut Saturday vs. Red Wings

by Sep 26, 8:59 PM

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic continues to make progress in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery, and is hopeful that he'll make his preseason debut Saturday in Detroit.

“You want to get back out there and you’re hoping you can get in (a game) sooner or later, but you don’t want to put yourself in a position where you’re going to be getting hurt,” he said, as per the team's official website. “But again, we’ll reassess it tonight and tomorrow morning and see where I’m at, and hopefully I can get into a game sooner (rather) than later.”

Lucic added the wrist is getting stronger every day, but reiterated the need for caution to avoid regression in the rehabilitation process.

The bruising forward scored 24 goals and added 35 assists in 80 games for the Bruins last season.

Sep 15, 3:59 PM

Bruins' Lucic says wrist is progressing well following offseason surgery

by Sep 15, 3:59 PM

It's been a long road to recovery for Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic, who underwent surgery after jamming his left wrist during the playoffs.

Lucic has progressed well since his wrist joint was repaired in May, but says the injury may have set him back because it restricted his offseason workout routine.

"... A lot as far as upper body goes. (The injury) impacted it everywhere," Lucic said, per NHL.com. "I haven't been able to do a pushup until a week ago just because of it being right there on the joint. But still that's something you've got to work at with rehab and stuff like that.

"Like I said, it's gotten better over the last week. And you still have some time here before the season starts. So as camp goes along, you know you want to get your legs and everything underneath you. But you still have time to build your strength up until the season starts."

Even though the wrist isn't completely healed, Lucic expects to be a participant in the team's physicals and off-ice testing Thursday during training camp.