According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE and Jimmy Murphy of espnboston.com, the Bruins will be without Trent Whitfield this season because of an achilles injury. Whitfield only played in 16 NHL games last season but was arguably a better option as the fourth line center over Steve Begin. Begin simply did not bring it every night but did start to show up at the end of the season. Injuries or not, Begin was brought in to add energy to this lineup but on most nights no energy was provided. Whitfield while all his skills were very limited, was good on faceoffs and brought it every night.
The Whitfield injury will not have a huge affect on the makeup of the Bruins roster this season. However, he would have probably been Peter Chiarelli’s, and obviously Claude Julien’s, first choice when it comes to an injury call-up. Now that he is out for the season, if there were to be an injury, a younger player such as Joe Colborne, Jordan Caron, Max Sauve or even Zach Hamill may be given a look.