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Bruins admit to 'concern' over Charlie McAvoy's lingering injury issues

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Bruins admit to 'concern' over Charlie McAvoy's lingering injury issues

BRIGHTON -- There is some mystery shrouded in the upper body injury of second-year defenseman Charlie McAvoy, and the Bruins admitted Thursday there is indeed “concern” as things linger on without a return date in sight.

It’s difficult to pinpoint even when exactly the 20-year-old McAvoy was injured, though it appears to have occured in the Oct. 11 win over the Oilers when he absorbed a big hit from old friend Milan Lucic. McAvoy played a couple more games and then came out of the lineup after the Oct. 18 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton with complaints that he “wasn’t feeling right.”

Now McAvoy is on injured reserve and has been out for a couple of weeks, and hasn’t skated since getting on the ice once last weekend. There’s no certainty from the Bruins as to whether the injury is a concussion, a shoulder injury or something else.

McAvoy was at the B's practice facility working out off the ice on Thursday, so it's positive news that the young D-man is feeling better on some level. But there’s no timetable for him to be back on the ice and certainly no date for him to return to game action.

“It’s stretched out a little now," said coach Bruce Cassidy. "We had no idea when it first happened. We related that, and we still don’t [have an idea] to some extent. So yeah . . . there’s a bit of concern.

“He’s a 20-year-old and you want him to be in the lineup a) for selfish reasons because he’s one of our top defenseman and b) for his own well-being. I think at that age all he wants to do is go to the rink and play every day. Hopefully whatever it is he turns the corner sooner rather than later for his sake and for ours.”

Urho Vaakanainen (concussion) hasn’t skated since suffering his injury in Ottawa. Matt Grzelcyk (lower body) skated on his own prior to Thursday’s practice and is “questionable” for Saturday night. In the good news department, David Backes skated again through a full practice on Thursday and looks like he’s going to be able to return on Saturday night against the Predators in Nashville. 

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NHL rumors: Bruins reportedly interested in Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon

NHL rumors: Bruins reportedly interested in Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon

As the Bruins look to bolster their blue line, they are interested in trading for San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Dillon is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and LeBrun notes that he's "going to be dealt" by the Sharks.

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Here's what LeBrun said about a possible Dillon-to-Boston deal:

He’s a No. 4 for some teams, a No. 5 for others. I can tell you half a dozen teams so far have shown interest – including, I’m told, the Boston Bruins. Obviously a rugged defensive-defenceman in Brenden Dillon would be a nice fit there in Boston.

Dillon, 29, has one goal and 11 assists playing on the Sharks' top defensive pairing alongside Brent Burns. He carries a $3,270,000 cap hit, but will become a UFA after the season.

The Bruins have struggled to find their physical game throughout the season. Our Bruins insider Joe Haggerty notes that Dillon would add exactly what Boston needs -- "physicality and snarl" to the blue line.

San Jose, sixth in the Pacific Division with 48 points, has a plus-38 advantage in shot attempts, a plus-15 in shots on goal and a plus-16 in scoring chances in 5-on-5 play when Dillon is on the ice, according to Haggerty. At that rate, Dillon could be worth pursuing if he came at the right price for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.

Haggerty says that if Dillon can be had for strictly draft picks, then he's worth snagging. LeBrun noted that Dillon could be had for a second-round pick and possibly a prospect, likely an ideal price range for Sweeney.

While Boston could add defense, they'll also need to address their second-line right-wing situation. Adding Dillon and a legit winger for David Krejci's line could be a tall order for Sweeney ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. 

 

What career would Bruins have chosen if they weren't hockey players?

What career would Bruins have chosen if they weren't hockey players?

If members of the Boston Bruins didn't make it as professional hockey players, then what would they have done instead?

Well, the players themselves gave some insight into that alternate realm, and Zdeno Chara's back-up career path, in particular, is awesome.

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Defenseman John Moore could see Chara as a politician because of "how cerebral and professional he is," according to The Athletic's Joe McDonald. On the other hand, the captain does have his real estate license, so Brandon Carlo believes he would be a real estate agent.

It's pretty hard to believe that no one pictured Chara as a basketball player. The nearly seven-foot tall big man could've been just what the Boston Celtics needed -- we're kidding of course.

Brad Marchand and Kevan Miller's alternate reality couldn't be any more opposite than Chara's. Both Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly noted that the pair would either have a hunting show or become hunters in general.

And as for Tuukka Rask? Well, Joakim Nordstrom believes the B's netminder would become a musician of some sort. After all, he did receive an awesome Metallica drum set in honor of his 500th NHL game.

Although they could've done any number of things, we're pretty glad they decided to sport black and gold sweaters.