- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Boston Bruins just announced that defenseman Andrew Ference (hernia) and goaltender Tim Thomas (labrum in left hip) had successful surgeries. Forward Vladimir Sobotka is scheduled to have shoulder stabilization surgery on May 25.
Ference's expected recovery time is two months. Thomas' surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York City, who performed a similar procedure on Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell. Thomas' expected recovery time is three to four months.