MONTREAL, QC - Daniel Paille was back skating on Wednesday morning at the Bell Centre when the Bruins held an optional pregame skate before facing the Canadiens.
It's a great sign moving forward for the winger, who was deemed out with a concussion. He took a hit on his first shift Sunday against the Panthers, and did not return to the game.
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had stressed postgame on Sunday in Sunrise, FL, that he was told by the doctors "it's not very serious." He had seen Paille after the game and he was feeling pretty good.
It was the second concussion sustained by Paille this season, after he suffered the first one of his career back in December while the Bruins were on a road trip through Western Canada. That concussion was more serious, and he missed seven games as a result.
The Bruins were off on Monday in Florida, so Tuesday's practice in Montreal is the only day that Paille was kept off the ice. He's currently in the midst of going through the proper protocol.
The Bruins have always taken a very cautionary approach with concussions.
Paille hasn't yet been cleared for contact, but Julien sees that happening soon, since he's quickly worked his way through all of the steps.
"As I said the other day, you know, we felt it was a real minor concussion, but you know, protocol is what it is, and you have to respect that. And right now, he’s just going through the stages and is doing very well," Julien said following the team's optional skate on Wednesday. "And today, he skated with no contact, and hopefully, we move on to the next level by tomorrow."
"It was good for him to get a good skate this morning."