WILMINGTON, Mass. — Johnny Boychuk spent his first day on the shelf Sunday the only way a guy can — distracting himself from his broken forearm by taking in a movie.
Today he reported to the team’s Ristuccia Arena practice facility for the first time since Brandon Dubinsky’s slash Saturday caused the injury that’ll keep the Boston defenseman out around four weeks. Boychuk, who amazingly played a handful of shifts after the injury, was sporting a splint today hours before heading to get a more permanent cast put on the injured wing.
He addressed the media while his teammates finished up their on-ice practice:
As for head coach Claude Julien, he’s confident his team can rally around the injury and make up for Boychuk’s absence.
“It’s a loss, there’s no doubt,” said Julien. “You know he’s been playing pretty good hockey for us and been pretty consistent since last year. So you lose a guy who I feel is a consistent player in your lineup every night. So it’s an opportunity for someone else to step in and fill the gap.”
It’s expected that Adam McQuaid, a healthy scratch for the season’s first six games, will plug into Boychuk’s spot in the lineup. He’s hoping he can get up to game speed in a hurry.
“I’m sure it might take one or two shifts, but I’m hoping that the extra work I’ve done in practice will give me a chance to jump in there,” said McQuaid.