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Bergeron returns to B's practice, doesn't look like he'll play vs Avs

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Bergeron returns to B's practice, doesn't look like he'll play vs Avs

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins aren’t officially ruling out Patrice Bergeron for Monday afternoon’s matinee against the Colorado Avalanche, but it’s a good bet that No. 37 will miss his second straight game for the Black and Gold. 

Bergeron was wearing a maroon non-contact practice jersey while doing line rushes with his teammates on Sunday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but the 32-year-old center didn’t finish practice with the Bruins after getting on the ice early to skate on his own. Bergeron and Ryan Spooner alternated shifts centering Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak during practice, and Cassidy said that he wouldn’t fully rule out Bergeron until Monday morning.

“He didn’t finish practice. He started it and took some line rushes, so he’s progressing,” said Cassidy. “How far he’s progressed is something we’ll determine in the morning. We’ll make a decision then as well. We’ve got three of [the game-time decisions], but Torey Krug and Austin Czarnik look a little closer [to playing] than Bergeron. But I wouldn’t rule any of them in or out until [Monday].”

Bergeron has now made it through just two partial practices in the last week while missing the season opener on Thursday night, and further compounds the difficult of him being in playing shape sooner rather than later. It’s pretty clear there is some frustration from the four-time Selke Winner at not being able to get off to a healthy start in each of the past two seasons, and watching when he’d much rather be competing.  

“I’m in the same spot. I’m day-to-day, but it was good to stay on the ice with the team. It’s definitely a step forward. I’m feeling good but we want to be cautious, so the status is the same I guess,” said Bergeron, who said he initially suffered the lower body injury in practice and then tweaked it when he attempted to skate in the middle of this week before exiting the ice early. “It is frustrating anytime. It doesn’t matter if it’s the beginning or any time during the year. You don’t want to miss games. It’s tough to watch. 

“I would definitely rather be on the ice. I’m more nervous watching than actually playing, so hopefully I’ll get back quickly. I’m not ruled out, but we’ll see what happens.”

With Bergeron expected out and both Krug and Czarnik looking like they may play on Monday afternoon vs. the Avs, here are the line combos and D-pairings from Sunday’s practice: 

 

Marchand-Spooner-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Bjork

Schaller-Nash-Kuraly

Beleskey-Czarnik-Vatrano

Bergeron

 

Chara-Carlo

Miller-McAvoy

Krug-McQuaid

Grzelcyk-Postma

 

Rask

Khudobin

Morning Skate: Big payday coming for Caps coach Trotz

Morning Skate: Big payday coming for Caps coach Trotz

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering how much phantom soreness that Lebron James has today from that phantom leg injury of his last night.

*In the final year of his contract with the Washington Capitals and without an extension before the season began, coach Barry Trotz is going to be able to maximize his next deal after betting on himself this season with the Caps.

*A complete ranking of all the players in the Stanley Cup Final from best to worst. Poor Brooks Orpik can’t have fared too well on this list.

*Speaking of the Washington Capitals, owner Ted Leonsis was tossing out Caps gear to fans at the Capitals practice rink ahead of the Stanley Cup Final. People are developing Caps fever in the nation’s capital.  

*Steve Yzerman’s summer plan is to make the Tampa Bay Lightning an even better team, which seems like it might be difficult given some of their salary cap and contract situations. I guess we’ll see, but nobody should ever doubt Stevie Y.

*Interesting piece on the dynamic between Kevin Shattenkirk and David Quinn, and how their working relationship could define plenty with the New York Rangers this season.

*For something completely different: The Ringer crew asks, is “The Social Network” the best movie of this decade? Maybe for some people it is. You could make an argument for Captain America: Winter Soldier if we include superhero movies which they clearly did not, but I’d mention one movie they didn’t even get around to, “The Martian.” It’s a great movie and a great cast. Well-written. Extremely re-watchable. I definitely think it’s a better movie than the Social Network in a lot of respects even if the Facebook movie probably has a little more social relevance.  

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Morning Skate: Isles may not let Tavares get away

Morning Skate: Isles may not let Tavares get away

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while wishing happy trails to Hanley Ramirez.

*It sounds like the New York Islanders are strongly in the game for retaining John Tavares after bringing Lou Lamoriello into the hockey operations fold. They will be joining a number of other teams including the Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and others. Do I expect the Bruins to be in the running for Tavares? Not unless they could find a taker for David Krejci. I don’t see that as a very likely scenario this offseason, just as I didn’t see it as a very likely scenario the past couple of years as well. Krejci’s got a big cap hit, he’s well past 30 when teams tend to steer clear of expensive players and he’s logged some heavy miles in his time with the Bruins. Those are the not the kind of players that teams are looking for even with his excellent playoff credentials and a distinct lack of frontline centers around the league.

*The Golden Knights vs. the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final is a win-win for hockey fans looking for a good series, says the Hockey News.

*This may be the first and last time that FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski gets a return tweet from Satan, Miroslav Satan that is.

*Things continue to speed up in Pittsburgh as trade rumors are swirling with Phil Kessel in what looks like it’s going to be a turbulent end to his run with the Penguins. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like Mr. Kessel has worn out his welcome at just about every stop along the way in his NHL tour over the last 10 plus years.

*Interesting profile on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who continues to tailor his entire life around running the National Hockey League and guiding it to its highest popularity and business levels in league history.

*For something completely different: It’s a little surprising here as the Red Sox and Hanley Ramirez are parting ways with the DH getting designated for assignment by the Sox.

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