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Bruins' Pastrnak has crack in foot; Seidenberg closer

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Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak, who hasn't played since Oct. 31, has a small, non-displaced crack in his foot, general manager Don Sweeney said Wednesday, and there is no timetable for his return.

"We have to get him some time," Sweeney said in comments tweeted by the Bruins. "The course of action doesn't change for him except he just needs a little bit more rest."

Pastrnak has two goals and four points in 10 games this season.

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who had back surgery in late September, is being evaluated but is getting closer to a return, Bruins coach Claude Julien said. Seidenberg participated in practice Wednesday. He took contact in 3-on-3 battle drills, according to The Boston Globe.

“There hasn’t been any pain; it’s all about power in my lower leg and pushing off, and that’s something I have to monitor and judge how I feel,” Seidenberg told the Bruins website. “It’s getting close. It’s kind of tough to say, but I’m feeling better on the ice, I’m feeling strong in the battles, and again, it’s about me feeling comfortable skating and just getting better, here.”

Julien said when Seidenberg is ready to return, the Bruins will have to temper their expectations in the beginning.

"When a guy hasn't had a training camp and hasn't had a game this year, you can't expect him to come back and be firing on all cylinders," Julien said. "When he does come back, we realize we may have to monitor his ice time and who he plays against and so on, so forth."

Forward Alex Khokhlachev, who was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League last Friday after playing two games for Boston replacing Pastrnak, had surgery for a hand injury and will be out 4-6 weeks.

Forward Frank Vatrano was recalled to replace Khokhlachev and has a goal in his two games played.

"There's no such thing as good news when a player is injured," Julien said. "But at the same time, for me, my preoccupation has to be about the players that are healthy and what I have to do to win hockey games. Those other guys, nothing I can do about that. But Frank's stepped in and definitely, like I said, he's just been an overall good player in all the different areas that we look at as coaches."

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