David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will likely miss the start of next season for the Boston Bruins after each forward had surgery last month.
Pastrnak, who led the Bruins with an NHL career-high 95 points (48 goals, 47 assists) in 70 games last season, is not expected to play until February after he underwent a right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Sept. 16. The Bruins said he is expected to need approximately five months to recover but that rehabilitation is going well.
Pastrnak scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 postseason games, when the Bruins were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the Eastern Conference Second Round.
The 2020-21 NHL season is being targeted to start Jan. 1.
Marchand, who scored 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 70 regular-season games and 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 13 postseason games, underwent sports hernia surgery on Sept. 14 and is expected to need four months to recover.
Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy has been cleared to resume normal offseason activities after he had a right knee arthroscopy on Sept. 8. McAvoy, who scored 32 points (five goals, 27 assists) in 67 regular-season games and four points (one goal, three assists) in 13 postseason games, is expected to be ready for the start of next season.