The Bruins announced this morning that they have recalled Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow from the Providence Bruins. The two joined the Bruins for practice this morning. Uh oh.
Let me just put this into perspective for you.
This dude was so mediocre in training camp that Julien, when asked about Morrow being assigned to Providence, said "I didn't want to see him anymore." That is not even remotely a good sign for what's coming. Morrow is a 6'1" left shot, a full 10" shorter than Chara and in this case size matters, especially when you're trying to replace a giant.
He has done absolutely nothing this season for the AHL Bruins. Last season he tallied 6 goals and 23 assists in 56 games and finished the season with a -1 rating. Morrow has also no experience playing anywhere near the number of minutes Chara plays per game. But honestly I don't think the Bruins are going to find anyone who can play as long as Chara can. The Bruins are certainly going to feel that hole harder than Marchand felt that alcohol hit him June 12th.
Did I mention Morrow hasn't actually played a professional NHL game yet? Great.
Trotman is definitely not as bad as Morrow but still isn't the most encouraging defensive replacement for Chara. Trotman is a 6'3" right shot, so a full 8 inches shorter than Chara. Last season Trotman two games with the Bruins, in which he did absolutely nothing. With the Providence Bruins last season he played in 53 games with 8 goals and 16 assists.
Trotman also is not used to seeing the amount of minutes Chara sees in any given game so seeing how the Bruins split up the loss Chara time between the new d-pairing and the rest of the d-pairings is definitely going to be interesting..
Keep praying to those hockey gods people because it's gonna be a long few weeks.