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Signs Point to Chara's Return

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
PHILADELPHIA -- 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 and the Bruins sent defenseman Steven Kampfer to Providence.

"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 prior to the club's return to the United States. "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.

Clearly, if the B's have sent Kampfer to Providence Chara seems likely to return, which will be good for the psyche of the B's captain.

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 look of things, Chara won't have to.
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