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Chara Could Return on Saturday

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
ROCKLAND, Ontario -- The Bruins might just get a boost before they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Injured captain Zdeno Chara participated in every aspect of today's practice in Canada.

"Well, if it's going this way, if it's keeping up like I'm feeling good and there's going to be no set backs, then yeah, it's going to be soon," said Chara. "Definitely I want to be out there, definitely I want to be playing every game.

"Nobody wants to be on the sideline and not be playing. You want to be there with the guys, you want to be there for them and it is tough when you're not playing."

After what Claude Julien called "probably the best practice I've seen our players execute in a while" Boston's head coach said Chara "is feeling better.

"I talked to him after practice, he looked pretty good," added Julien. "What we're going to do is...give him a chance here to get on the plane and fly [to Philadelphia] and give him a chance to see how he feels after a good work-out.

"If he feels good then we've got a chance to skate him and if not then we'll be patient with him.

"Hopefully we'll be fairly clear on whether he plays by the end of the day," he said.

Chara said it had been hard to watch from the pressbox.

"Yeah. It's totally different," said the blueliner. "I'm not used to it and I don't want to get used to it."

From the sound of Coach Julien, Chara won't have to.

"I think right now we're talking probably days and certainly not more than one or two," said Julien. "I think he was pretty close today.

"I'm hoping that I get the right answer by the end of the day and if not then it's too early in the season to start taking chances with players right now."
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