Whitfield Injured, Door Open
August 22, 2010
It looks as if the injury bug that hung around Boston last year hasn't moved on yet. It has been reported that veteran centerman Trent Whitfield has ruptured his achilles' tendon while training for the upcoming season. Whitfield played a majority of last year with the P-Bruins but was called up at times to Boston when there were injuries to both Savard and Bergeron. Whitfield would have been counted on to provide leadership and guidance to the younger players in Providence this year. He has a lot of NHL and AHL miles, and from everything I have heard, is a great influence and professional when it comes to hockey. It is going to be hard to replace that influence in Providence. So now that you have heard the bad news, what does this mean for the roster in the upcoming season? Most likely, Whitfield was going to be the 5th center in the organization once again this year. His injury may give Joe Colbourne the oppourtunity to either become the top line center in Providence or even battle for the last spot on the Boston Roster. The injury also leaves Reich as one of the only vets in Providece, so that signing is looking to be more important than originally thought. I think you will see Boston go out and sign an AHL veteran or journeyman that can fill the void left if Whitfield is going to miss the season.