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Krejci skates for the first time in nearly three weeks

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Krejci skates for the first time in nearly three weeks

BRIGHTON, Mass – In a bit of forward progress for the Bruins, David Krejci skated for the first time in nearly three weeks at Tuesday’s optional B’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena. 

The Bruins playmaking center was mostly skating around on his own, handling the puck and firing a few pucks off the boards while a smattering of teammates held an optional skate, but his mere presence was a positive sign that he’s beginning to respond to his back troubles.

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“He’s back skating,” said Cassidy of Krejci, who has a goal and six points in six games along with a minus. 

“He’s obviously out this week, but this part of the progression for him getting back into the lineup is getting out on the ice and getting his reps.”

Krejci missed his seventh consecutive game Monday night, a victory over the Minnesota Wild, and was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury after being ruled out for the rest of this week. Beyond that, there’s been no timetable set in place for the kind of injury that can be difficult to pin down.

It certainly will be a gradual process for No. 46, but Krejci would be a welcomed addition to a group that’s also missing Ryan Spooner and David Backes down the middle of the ice.

In fact, the Bruins have only had Patrice Bergeron and Krejci together for less than one full game as Krejci exited Boston’s Oct. 19 win over the Vancouver Canucks that also marked Bergeron’s return to the lineup. In other Bruins health news, Noel Acciari continues to practice with the team, will travel on the two-game road trip and could be a possibility to return Friday night against the Maple Leafs. Anton Khudobin appears to be ready to return to backup duty after getting through practice and Ryan Spooner once again skated with the team in a no-contact jersey while still a week or two away from a possible return.

Frank Vatrano, Danton Heinen, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Robbie O’Gara and Paul Postma were among the non-injured players skating Tuesday. 


 

McAvoy undergoes procedure for 'abnormal heart rhythm'

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McAvoy undergoes procedure for 'abnormal heart rhythm'

BRIGHTON, Mass – As a workhorse 20-year-old hockey player, it wasn’t much of a warning signal when Charlie McAvoy missed Monday’s Bruins practice with what the team initially called “a doctor’s appointment.” But it turned out to be a fairly serious absence as the Bruins announced later in the afternoon that their prized rookie is going to miss roughly two weeks after undergoing a procedure at Mass General Hospital to address an abnormal heart rhythm. 

According to the Bruins statement: “After the Nov. 26 game, Charlie told team physicians that he experienced heart palpitations during the game. Subsequently he underwent an evaluation, which diagnosed him with a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). The type of SVT Charlie has is not considered to be dangerous to his health but can recur at any time and causes significant symptoms.”

After consulting with a multitude of doctors, McAvoy and the Bruins opted for the procedure because of the high likelihood of the condition’s recurrence. McAvoy will spend the night at Mass General, and is expected to return to the lineup in a couple of weeks. 

The timing of McAvoy’s procedure around the NHL All-Star break means he’ll miss fewer games than he might have otherwise, but it also means the 20-year-old is obviously out of the running to be a replacement for the injured Victor Hedman on the Atlantic Division squad. At this point it’s just good news that the B’s prized young rookie is going to be okay by all accounts, and that the team was able to catch the condition early on with McAvoy’s entire career in front of him. 

The 20-year-old McAvoy has been one of the best rookies in the entire NHL this season with five goals and 25 points in 45 games along with a plus-18 rating, and the B’s D-man also leads all NHL rookies by a wide margin with 22:49 of ice time per game. 

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Morning Skate: Darling experiment not working out for Hurricanes

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Morning Skate: Darling experiment not working out for Hurricanes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while readying for some serious NHL All-Star game action later this week. 

 

*In a world where we sometimes think it would be easy to replace Tuukka Rask with somebody as effective as a No. 1 goalie for the Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes and Scott Darling serve as solid evidence that it really isn’t that easy to find a high-caliber goaltender. The Canes tried to go the route of grabbing a good, young established backup to be their No. 1 guy a la Cam Talbot in Edmonton, and it just hasn’t worked out for the Hurricanes. There is still time for Darling to step up and be the guy Carolina needs him to be, but it hasn’t happened yet. 

 

*Rick Nash is a big fan of Pavel Buchnevich, and thinks the young Rangers forward can become a star in the league

 

*It’s a sad day for USA Hockey as Jim Johansson has passed away far too young at 53 years old. Here’s a good piece from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance on hockey’s loss with Johansson’s passing. 

 

*In a great development for the Bruins and a not-so-great one for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ondrej Palat is out for an indefinite amount of time

 

*NBC is already getting fired up about the heated Team USA/Team Canada rivalry in women’s hockey, and I am right there with them. 

 

*One of the leaders in the Colorado Avalanche dressing room said that the trade of Matt Duchene away has improved Colorado’s culture “a lot.”

 

*For something completely different: It sounds like it was a pretty awesome experience to go to the Eagles/Vikings NFC championship game if you were from Minnesota. In other words, not so awesome.  

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