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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’ Zach Senyshyn Out Four Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

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Boston Bruins’ promising young forward Zach Senyshyn will miss around four weeks of action with a lower-body injury, according to a team announcement.

Senyshyn will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.

In a corresponding move, the Bruins have recalled Trent Frederic from the AHL to take Senyshyn’s spot on the roster.

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Bruins Activate David Krejci

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The Boston Bruins have activated veteran center David Krejci and he made his return to the team against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Krejci, 33, was injured early in an October 14th game against the Anaheim Ducks, and his return is big news for the Bruins

Krejci notched 73 points last season for Boston, including a team-high 43 even-strength assists.

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Bruins Place Jesse Gabrielle On Unconditional Waivers

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The Boston Bruins have placed forward Jesse Gabrielle on unconditional waivers in another step towards contract termination, according to CapFriendly.

Gabrielle, 21, played his entire season in the ECHL, but his season was cut short after suffering another concussion back in March, his third head injury since training camp.

Gabrielle will now become an unrestricted free agent.

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