Morning Skate: Tuesday, January 15


Morning Skate: Tuesday, January 15

Gary Lawless from the Winnipeg Sun says that, like him or hate him, the NHL is in good hands with commissioner Gary Bettman. That kind of opinion is certainly open to interpretation but the knives have been put away now that hockey is back.

An interesting behind-the-scenes look by Chris Botta at the business of being the New Jersey Devils.
A good piece by Michael Grange on NHLPA lead voice Chris Campoli currently still looking for work after being very outspoken in the negotiations with NHL owners and league officials.
Bob McKenzie gives a season preview of the Boston Bruins for NHL Network and leaves Tuukka Rask as the single-biggest factor that the season could hinge upon.
Pierre Lebrun with an interesting piece about relations between the KHL and NHL as some Russian players have been threatening to remain back in Russia at the end of the lockout.
Dave Bolland is getting a look at an expanded role with the Chicago Blackhawks in abbreviated training camp.
Cory Schneider is ready to jump at the opportunity in net with the Vancouver Canucks, though it must be weird that Roberto Luongo is there with him to begin NHL training camp this week.
Former Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart is ready for more responsibility in Winnipeg as injuries have hit their blueline corps.
According to Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney, All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle is not going to be available in a trade after he was the subject of several Bruins rumors this offseason.
For something completely different: a breakdown of the Golden Globe awards including an attempt to decipher exactly what the hell Jodie Foster was talking about in her acceptance speech.

Backes and Bergeron return to Bruins practice, may be back in action soon


Backes and Bergeron return to Bruins practice, may be back in action soon

BRIGHTON -- It was good news when word first filtered out that David Backes had resumed skating last weekend while the Bruins were on the West Coast, and even better news Tuesday when he returned to practice. Backes skated without any restrictions in a spot on the third line with Riley Nash and Tim Schaller, and appeared to be recovering nicely from his bout of diverticulitis.

Backes was initially diagnosed with the inflammatory colon ailment in the first few days of October, with the team estimating a three- to four-week recovery period. If he'd needed surgery rather than the  prescribed rest and medication, he could have been facing a lot more missed games.

Patrice Bergeron was also back skating on Tuesday morning while centering Brad Marchand and Anders Bjork, still sporting a maroon no-contact jersey while taking some light contact during the practice session.

Backes and Bergeron look like they’ could be returning to the lineup soon.

But the injury news wasn't all good, as Ryan Spooner, Austin Czarnik, Danton Heinen and Adam McQuaid were all missing from practice.

Spooner (lower body) and McQuaid (lower body) were both injured in Sunday night’s loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, and Czarnik and/or Heinen might be ticketed back to Providence soon if the Bruins have to make roster space for Bergeron and/or Backes ahead of Thursday night’s home game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena with a whole different look to things with some of the different bodies taking part in the skate: