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Tuukka Rask recovering from concussion, may return as Boston Bruins goalie on Thursday

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Tuukka Rask recovering from concussion, may return as Boston Bruins goalie on Thursday

BRIGHTON -- It sounded bad when Tuukka Rask was put on injured reserve when the Bruins returned from the All-Star break. But it certainly doesn’t seem like Boston’s No. 1 goaltender will be out very long.

Rask worked out with Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa at Warrior Ice Arena on Tuesday morning ahead of the team's morning skate. While he didn’t stay out on the ice once the team began its regular morning pregame workout, and will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Bruce Cassidy hasn’t ruled out Rask from returning as soon as Thursday night.

“[Thursday] is a possibility. Step one is getting [Rask] out there,” said Cassidy of the Bruins goalie, who was knocked out of the B's last game vs. the Rangers during a violent collision at the net on Jan. 19. “He got through it fine and feels good. Hopefully that’s the same case tomorrow morning. I assume the next progression is skating with the team, so that brings Thursday [against the Flyers] into play once that happens. If he doesn’t come out and practice with us tomorrow then we’ll obviously look at Sunday [against the Capitals].”

Halak has lost four of his last five games and allowed three goals or more in four of those five games as well, so the B’s backup netminder will be looking to get his second half off to a better start.

The Bruins will be going with a new look on their third line, as well, with rookie Trent Frederic making his NHL debut as the center with the B’s continuing to look for permanent answers on that third line.

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings vs. the Jets based on Tuesday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena:

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Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Cehlarik-Krejci-DeBrusk

Heinen-Frederic-Backes

Kuraly-Acciari-Wagner

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Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Miller

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Halak

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NHL rumors: High asking price for Bruins trade target Kevin Hayes?

NHL rumors: High asking price for Bruins trade target Kevin Hayes?

The Boston Bruins traded for Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle on Wednesday in exchange for Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round draft pick. The B's still have enough assets to make another (and perhaps more impactful) trade, but will they meet the high asking prices across the NHL?

One player linked to the Bruins in trade rumors of late has been New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes. The 26-year-old forward is a Boston native and an alum of Boston College.

Hayes is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Rangers, who are not in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, would be smart to deal him before the Feb. 25 trade deadline and get an asset or two for their rebuild.

So, what would the asking price be for Hayes? Bob McKenzie provided some insight Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. He noted "the sense seems to be that Hayes could fetch a first-round pick and a prospect." 

Hayes would be quality addition for a B's team that very much needs secondary scoring. He's not worth a first-round draft pick and a valuable prospect, however. If the Bruins are willing to part with a first-rounder and a good young player, they should be part of a package for one of the top-tier rentals on the market. That group includes Ottawa Senators winger Mark Stone and center Matt Duchene, as well as Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin.

One of those three players would give the B's a legitimately better chance of reaching the Stanley Cup Final -- a road that would likely include a tough playoff series against the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning. 

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Marc Savard calls Bruins' reported Charlie Coyle trade a "great pickup"

Marc Savard calls Bruins' reported Charlie Coyle trade a "great pickup"

The Boston Bruins traded for Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle on Wednesday, and one of the team's former players approves of the move.

Marc Savard, who played in Boston from 2006-07 through 2010-11, tweeted his thoughts on the trade shortly after reports started to surface.

Coyle has tallied 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 60 games this season. He's from East Weymouth, Mass., and played at Boston University. Coyle has not lived up to the expectations placed on him when he was selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, but a fresh start (he's spent all seven of his pro seasons in Minnesota) could jumpstart his career.

The price to acquire Coyle was not cheap, though. The Bruins sent talented 22-year-old forward Ryan Donato and a conditional draft pick to Minnesota. Coyle, however, is better equipped to help the Bruins win right now -- he's a stronger two-way player than Donato at this stage of their respective careers.

Time will tell if this move was a good one for the Bruins, but if this is the only deal they make before the trade deadline, it's hard to imagine them beating the Tampa Bay Lightning if these rivals meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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