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Bruins’ David Backes, Patrice Bergeron Nearing Return

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The Boston Bruins could be welcoming back forwards David Backes and Patrice Bergeron in the near future.

Both players practiced on Tuesday with Backes, ahead of schedule, practicing for the first time since he was diagnosed with diverticulitis on October 5th.

Bergeron, who was wearing a non-contact jersey, suffered a lower-body injury during practice on October 3rd has not played this season.

Backes and Bergeron each could return when the Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, according to Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy.

“I think we took a nice step today being able to skate with the guys,” Backes said after practice.

“I was like a kid in a candy store before practice.”

Backes is still uncertain on when he will return.

“So to pick up from not sweating for six, seven days to get back, to be on the ice, to feeling the way I feel today … I got a little work in while the guys were away, so progress certainly,” Backes said.

“Return? We’ll see.”

Backes also commented on his diverticulitis condition.

“Trying to gather information and be as smart as I can,” Backes stated.

“So that I am available as often as possible and as productive as possible.”

Bergeron said it felt good to be back on the ice and that practicing with his team was comfortable.

“Today was one of those where I wanted to see where I was at,” Bergeron said about Tuesday’s practice.

“We felt like were comfortable with doing drills and being with the team. Didn’t necessarily know what kind of practice [Cassidy] had for us. So I went along and felt good, so kept going.”

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Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Rejoins Team, Jakub Zboril Recalled

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The Boston Bruins will see the return of netminder Tuukka Rask, who took a few days away from the team for a personal leave.

In corresponding moves, Dan Vlader is on his way back to the Providence Bruins while Jakub Zboril will be recalled. Additionally, the team officially announced that both Jeremy Lauzon and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson will stay on regular recall.

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Bruins’ Torey Krug Out With Ankle Injury, Re-Evaluated in 3 Weeks

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Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug suffered a left ankle injury that has put him in a walking boot and he will be re-evaluated after three weeks, according to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, who announced the news on Monday.

While Sweeney did not provide any further details regarding the injury, it’s worth noting that Krug fractured the same ankle during the Bruins’ second round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

Krug, 27, poured in 59 points last season.

 

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Rangers Acquire Adam McQuaid

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The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer, a fourth-round pick in 2019, and a conditional seventh-round pick, according to a team announcement.

McQuaid has spent his entire career, all seven years, with the Rangers, but was limited to only 38 games last season scoring one goal and three assists.

Kampfer has scored 10 goals and 26 points over his six years in the league, where he has played for the Bruins, Rangers, Minnesota Wild, and the Florida Panthers.

 

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