The Boston Bruins announced on Tuesday that star forwards Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak recently underwent surgeries that could see them miss the start of the 2020-21 season.
Marchand had sports hernia surgery on Sept. 14 and will miss approximately four months from the date of the operation while Pastrnak underwent a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Sept. 16 that will force him to be side lined for approximately five months from the date of procedure.
Defenceman Charlie McAvoy had a right knee arthroscopy on Sept. 8 and will be available for training camp.
The NHL has yet to announce a start date for the 2020-21 season, but commissioner Gary Bettman said they hope to start sometime in January.
The 32-year-old Marchand scored 28 goals and added 59 assists over 70 games with the Bruins this season, his 11th in Boston.
Pastrnak, 24, netted a career-high 48 goals and added a career-high 47 assists over 70 games in 2019-20, his sixth season with the Bruins.