In two separate pieces of “breaking” news, two Eastern Conference leaders will be without star players for the next four to six weeks.
The Boston Bruins announced that center Marc Savard, who has led Boston in scoring each of the last three seasons, has been lost to a broken foot. Savard already had tallied seven points on the young season, again leading Boston’s offense.
Meanwhile, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins lost blue line All Star Sergei Gonchar to a broken wrist Tuesday night. The 35-year old already had eight points on the young season for Pittsburgh.
Savard and Gonchar join a list of All Stars that will be missing a significant amount of time early this season. Vancouver is without Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo, Detroit is without Johan Franzen, Chicago hasn’t seen anything yet from Marian Hossa, Columbus is without Jan Hejda, and Edmonton is without Sheldon Souray.