Marc Savard, the Boston Bruins' leading scorer, has been placed on long-term injured reserve with a broken left foot.
The team, which announced the move Wednesday, recalled forward Trent Whitfield from AHL Providence on an emergency basis.
Savard is expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury. He has led the Bruins in scoring in each of the past three seasons and currently leads the team with seven points in seven games.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com that Savard first injured his foot in preseason.
"It quieted down for the longest time and then it got aggravated [Tuesday] in practice," Chiarelli said Wednesday. "So he got it looked at. There wasn't anything to alarm us in preseason because he played with what we thought was just a bruise."
Savard played in all 82 games last season, finishing with 25 goals and 63 assists.
Whitfield, 32, was signed by Boston as a free agent during the summer. He has three goals and five assists in six games with Providence.
Whitfield has played in 177 NHL games with the Capitals, Rangers and Blues.
Whitfield will be available to play in Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators.
Information from ESPN.com NHL writer Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.