B’s defenseman Johnny Boychuk
has spent three weeks on the sideline after suffering a broken forearm from a slash by the Rangers Brandon Dubinsky on October 23 and on Friday, Boychuk talked about the timetable for his return to the B's lineup.
“Well, I haven’t been skating with the team, but I’ve been skating, so we’ll see after I have a practice whenever I get cleared to go,” said Boychuk.
The Edmonton, Alberta native got his wish sooner than expected; he participated in a full morning skate with the rest of his Bruins teammates on Saturday morning.
“It feels fine," said Boychuk post-skate. “It felt pretty good, actually, to practice with the team.
"It was good to be out there with the guys."
Still sporting a purple cast, number 55’s shot looked as strong as ever.
“If anything, his slap shot looked harder today," laughed forward Blake Wheeler. "I might need to get a cast on me for a little bit.”
“I don’t know about that,” Boychuk responded with a smile. “He hasn’t seen me in a while, so he may not be used to it.”
Asked if there were any residual pain in his arm, on Friday, Boychuk said, “It’s not too bad.
"There’s a couple times where if you tweak it, it kind of pinches, but other than that it feels fine."
Things looked even brighter this morning.
“It didn’t feel bad at all," said Boychuk on Saturday. "It didn’t feel weak or any pinches, so that’s good."
And it's good to know that Boychuk's name should be back on the scorecard in the near future.
"He started skating with the team today and got some shots," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien after morning skate. "He’s capable of shooting now a little bit...so he’s progressing well and I guess these next few days will determine how close he is to starting to play again."