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John-Michael Liles out indefinitely with a concussion

John-Michael Liles out indefinitely with a concussion

John-Michael Liles is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered after he crashed face-first into the boards in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Liles lasted just a handful of shifts in Sunday’s win before tripping over Ben Bishop’s stick in the crease and smashing face-first into the boards while also possibly taking a knee to the head prior to the loud end board collision. Liles was down for long moments, and then had to be helped wobbly-legged back to the Bruins dressing room for initial medical treatment. 

The 36-year-old defenseman has a bit of a history with concussions having had at least a couple of them in his 13-year career, including one that forced him out of action for more than a month during the 2011-12 season. Liles had appeared in all 22 games for the Bruins prior to missing Tuesday night’s game vs. the Flyers, and had posted five assists while averaging more than 16 minutes of ice time per game. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Liles now joins Zdeno Chara as the two eldest D-men now on the shelf with injuries for the Black and Gold, a situation that’s going to test Boston’s admittedly skimpy depth on the back end. 

The Bruins didn’t call up a D-man from the AHL for the one-game trip to Philly, and it remains to be seen how much long the 39-year-old Chara is going to miss with his lower body injury. 

Is Bruce Cassidy over the Stanley Cup loss? 'Nope, not really'

Is Bruce Cassidy over the Stanley Cup loss? 'Nope, not really'

The Boston Bruins went on the longest playoff run they possibly could have in 2019. But in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, they fell to the St. Louis Blues by a final score of 4-1. And that loss stung for a Bruins team that was widely expected to win the cup after a series of first-round upsets.

Now 10 weeks removed from the Stanley Cup loss, the Bruins faithful are still reeling from the defeat. That includes head coach Bruce Cassidy who confirmed that he isn't over losing the final.

"Nope, not really," Cassidy recently said, per Matt Porter of The Boston Globe. "Today I am. Tomorrow, depends if someone asks me a question that just happens to hit a nerve."

Cassidy would also go on to say that he might have a bit of difficulty seeing the Blues logo and having to watch them play, per Porter. 

"There might be a time on the road next year and we’re sitting there and I’m watching St. Louis play, because they’re playing Montreal and we play Montreal the next night, and I’ll be like, [expletive], you know? That’s the time you might start going backward."

Still, Cassidy is focusing his energy on preparing the Bruins for their season opener on Oct. 3 against the Dallas Stars. The Bruins are returning much of the same core that helped them win the Eastern Conference (minus Marcus Johansson and Noel Acciari) so they are expected to be contenders in the East again.

Of course, they still have to figure out a way to agree to deals with restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo while staying under the salary cap, but once they do that, they should be in good position to make another run.

And safe to say, Cassidy and the Bruins will be looking to prove themselves after a disappointing finish last season.

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Don Sweeney opens up about Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo contract talks

Don Sweeney opens up about Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo contract talks

It's been a quiet offseason for the Bruins, but the elephant in the room has been the contract situations of defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo.

Bruins president Cam Neely said earlier this month negotiations were "still status quo" with the two restricted free agents. It's been radio silence from both sides since then, but on Thursday general manager Don Sweeney provided another update on how things are coming along in a conversation with Michael Tolvo of BostonBruins.com.

“Not as fast as everybody would like,” Sweeney admitted. “But that’s just the nature of the business and every negotiation has its own timeline. We’ll find a finish line at some point and time, Brandon and Charlie will be a part of our organization for a long time. We think really highly of them as players on and off the ice, we just have to find a common ground and we’re working to get there.”

While it's unclear what kinds of deals McAvoy and Carlo will receive, Bruins fans can at least take solace in Sweeney's confidence in the duo donning the Black and Gold for years to come.

As for a move the B's have made this summer, they did manage to lock up one of their RFA's, Danton Heinen. Both Noel Acciari (Florida Panthers) and Marcus Johannson (Buffalo Sabres) left in free agency.

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