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Taking stock of banged-up Bruins

BOSTON -- A day after the Boston Bruins' crushing collapse and defeat in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night, the players had their exit physicals. On Sunday, general manager Peter Chiarelli received a list of 12 players with significant injuries.

Some will need offseason surgery, while others will require only rest and relaxation. Chiarelli said Tuesday he is waiting for the results of more tests and MRIs before announcing the extent of the injuries and who will need surgery.

"There were a lot of players that were playing hurt," Chiarelli said. "There are a lot of them. And I'm sure Philly had a lot of them, too."

Among the maladies:

  • Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said Tuesday morning he will be examined by a hand specialist this week and could possibly need surgery to repair a dislocated pinkie finger on his left hand.

  • Defenseman Andrew Ference will have surgery Friday to repair a recurring groin/hernia injury and his recovery time will be 6-8 weeks.

  • Forward Marco Sturm underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. The procedure entailed reconstruction of the ACL, MCL repair and partial lateral meniscectomy. His expected recovery time is six months.

  • Forward Milan Lucic believes the high-ankle sprain he's been dealing with for the majority of the season won't need surgery.

  • Forward Vladimir Sobotka played through a shoulder injury during the playoffs and could require a procedure, too.

  • And of course, forward David Krejci had surgery to repair a dislocated right wrist suffered in Game 3 against the Flyers. He's expected to be ready by the start of training camp in September.

"I don't have a full list in front of me. I'm not going to run through all of them. I can tell you as far as those running into next season -- I don't think there are any," Chiarelli said. "There may be some, depending on doctors' examinations in the next couple of days. There are some more minor ones. But I don't have any news to give you at this time."

Krejci talked about his injury Tuesday for the first time since his surgery the following day.

"It feels good," said Krejci, sporting a huge cast on his right arm. "The operation went well. Dr. [Thomas] Graham did a great job. I'm expecting to be in full training in a couple of months. I'm looking forward to it."

This will be the second straight offseason that Krejci will need rehab. After the 2008-09 season, he needed hip surgery and wasn't able to begin his rehab right way. This time around he'll start June 1 and is expected to be 100 percent for training camp in September.

It's no coincidence the Bruins went 0-4 after he was injured, but Krejci's not about to say his presence would have made a difference even though it would have.

"I don't want to think that way. One guy doesn't make a huge difference. As much as I wanted to be there, it's too bad, but I still believed the guys could do it," Krejci said. "They played hard, they battled, it was good to watch. They really wanted it, it just wasn't enough and maybe we just needed a little more. Sometimes it happens, you work hard, you want it too much, and sometimes too much is not enough."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.