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Bruins center Ryan Spooner out 4-6 weeks with groin injury

Ty Anderson
October 18, 2017 - 8:48 pm

The Bruins are going to be without one of their top power-play weapons for the foreseeable future, as a tear of the right groin adductor is going to put Ryan Spooner on the shelf for the next four to six weeks, according to the team.

Injured in the second period of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Golden Knights, Spooner’s absence has forced the Bruins to shuffle their roster all around, with Kenny Agostino and Peter Cehlarik recalled from the Providence Bruins on Wednesday. Aided by the return of David Backes and Patrice Bergeron, forwards Austin Czarnik and Danton Heinen were reassigned to the AHL in a corresponding move on Tuesday.

With Spooner out of the equation in the middle of the Black and Gold’s third line, Bruce Cassidy is appearing going to go with more of a grind-it-out third line that will feature Tim Schaller and David Backes as center Sean Kuraly’s wingers. Agostino and Cehlarik, meanwhile, are Riley Nash's wingers on the club's fourth line. Spooner's absence (along with their struggles), have seemed to work Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano out of the forward rotation for the time being. 

The 25-year-old Spooner has recorded one goal and four shots in five games this season, and was a pivotal piece on Boston’s power play, which has scored on four of their first 19 opportunities this season. It’s believed that Agostino, a left-shot forward with two goals and seven points in three AHL games this year, will get the first crack at skating in Spooner’s spot on the first unit.

Spooner, who is on a a one-year, $2.85 million deal, recorded 11 goals and 39 points in 78 games last season, and has 32 goals and 118 points in 219 career games with the Bruins.

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