Chara, Krug won't play for Bruins in NHL China Games – NHL.com

BOLTON, Mass. — Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug will not play for the Boston Bruins at the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games, coach Bruce Cassidy said prior to the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament at The International on Tuesday.

“If they’re not able to play games, it’s a long way to go,” Cassidy said of the two defensemen. “I’m not saying they will or won’t be able to play [preseason] games, but when we made this decision probably a month ago, we weren’t sure.”

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Krug broke his ankle during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He could be healthy in time to play preseason games, but the Bruins didn’t want to push his recovery. For Chara, 41, it’s about avoiding wear and tear.

“Never been (to China),” Chara said. “Of course it’s one of those things that (I) would love to explore one day, but at this point I’m fine with staying back and focusing on having a good training camp and getting ready for the season.”

The Bruins will play the Calgary Flames in games in Beijing and Shenzhen, China, on Sept. 15 and Sept. 19.

Center Patrice Bergeron, who had groin surgery in June, also will not go on the trip so he can continue to receive treatment in hopes of being ready for the season opener at the Washington Capitals on Oct. 3.

Forwards Noel Acciari, Anders Bjork, Sean Kuraly and Danton Heinen also will not travel to China.

Acciari had offseason sports hernia surgery. Kuraly and Heinen will not make the trip after being part of a Bruins promotional trip to China in July. Bjork is recovering from surgery on his left shoulder Feb. 20.

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