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Zdeno Chara could 'barely talk' on Bruins' bench after face injury

Zdeno Chara could 'barely talk' on Bruins' bench after face injury

It looked for a moment like Zdeno Chara would make a triumphant return.

The Boston Bruins defenseman took a puck to the face in the second period of Monday night's Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues that sent him bloodied to the dressing room. But Chara was back on the bench to start the third period wearing a new "fishbowl" visor to protect his face.

The Bruins captain never took the ice, however, and with good reason. Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo admitted after Boston's 4-2 loss that Chara couldn't really speak as a result of his injury.

"Obviously his mouth has some blood and I don't know what's going on in there, but he can barely talk and he's out there supporting us," Carlo said.

Bruins forward Sean Kuraly confirmed as much in his postgame diary for NHL.com.

"I think it is tough for Zee to speak right now, that was the biggest thing," Kuraly wrote. "He didn't have to say a word, he was there for us, supporting us anyway."

Verbal communication on the ice is essential, especially for defensemen, so Chara would have been a liability if he indeed couldn't talk. But Carlo and his teammates still got a boost from just having the 6-foot-9 defenseman back on the bench.

"His leadership is on another level, especially during this final round that I've seen," Carlo added. "He's always there for us, he's been great communicating and just wants to be there to support us."

"It's unbelievable to see him out there supporting everyone," forward Marcus Johansson added. "It means a lot."

The Bruins have two days off before Thursday's Game 5, and with the Stanley Cup Final knotted at 2-2, they're hoping Chara can get healthy enough to both speak and play in a pivotal contest at TD Garden.

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NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

NHL Rumors: Did Devils GM hint at wanting to acquire a defenseman?

The Boston Bruins have been linked to New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri for a while now.

However, the Devils don't appear eager to trade their veteran top scorer at the deadline. Still, if Bruins GM Don Sweeney gives the Devils an offer they can't refuse, then Palmieri very well could suit up on David Krejci's right wing.

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What would it take to land Palmieri? Well, our Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty noted that he could be had for a first-round pick, a young cost-controlled player such as Anders Bjork, and a top-notch prospect. Devils interim GM Tom Fitzgerald had some interesting things to say regarding how his organization would approach the trade deadline.

"We've all underperformed this year. We're in this sell mode right now because of our Octobers, Novembers, Decembers and January. So, there's not one player that feels really good about what the season looks like. Underperforming is really where we're at that drove this situation," Fitzgerald said on SiriusXM's NHL Network. "Certain players, I believe, they will get better. I believe that they can find their games and get it back to where it's normal. We don't need P.K. Subban being a 25-minute-a-night guy. We need to find support for him so he can play at his best -at minutes that will allow him to do what he does well."

Did Fitzgerald just hint at the Devils wanting to acquire a defenseman at the deadline? Maybe. If so, the B's have plenty of defensemen they could send to New Jersey. For example, John Moore, at this point, has been expendable for the Bruins. Prospects such as Jakub Zboril and Urho Vaakanainen may be able to improve New Jersey's defensive situation and ease the life of Subban.

While it's just speculation, it would make some sense considering the Devils traded defenseman Andy Greene to the New York Islanders in exchange for a defensive prospect and Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning for an offensive prospect and first-round pick over the weekend.

If the Bruins were to land Palmieri, the Devils would acquire some pretty solid assets in return.

Former Bruin Milan Lucic contemplated retirement after benching by Flames

Former Bruin Milan Lucic contemplated retirement after benching by Flames

Calgary Flames winger Milan Lucic isn't the player he once was with the Boston Bruins.

Lucic, traded by the Bruins to the Los Angeles Kings before the 2015-16 season, notched 50-plus point seasons with  L.A. in 2015-16 and with the Edmonton Oilers in 2016-17, but since then has seen his numbers take a turn for the worse.

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In his first season with the Flames, Lucic has 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) through 59 games, and is on pace to surpass his 20-point total through 79 games with the Oilers last season. But while he's performing better than last season, the 31-year-old was benched by the Flames in November for not meeting expectations -- and he wasn't happy about it.

“The first time we played St. Louis here on a Hockey Night in Canada game, I got benched in the third period," Lucic said, according to SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman. "Nothing was said to me by anyone. I wasn’t really happy about it, and I even started questioning whether I should hang them up because it just wasn’t fun for me anymore. It had nothing to do with James Neal having success — I just think for myself it was just really hard and especially when you’re getting benched and no one is saying anything to you.”

Lucic played a major role in the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup victory, tallying 12 points (five goals, seven assists) on a line also powered by David Krejci and Nathan Horton. While some fans want to see a Krejci-Lucic reunion in Boston, it unlikely that Bruins GM Don Sweeney would be looking to add a player who can't add much to the second line for a deep run into the playoffs.