Although the Bruins currently find themselves on the outside looking in at a playoff spot, it’s not likely to change their plans regarding team captain Zdeno Chara, suggests Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston. Even if they don’t climb their way back into the postseason picture, they’re still expected to attempt to re-sign the 40-year-old for another season and not make him available as a rental player by the trade deadline. Chara is still logging heavy minutes in Boston this season (averaging 23:28 per game) and while he’s slowing down, he still should be able to contribute for at least one more year beyond this one.
More from the Atlantic:
- The Sabres have given blueliners Nathan Beaulieu and Josh Gorges a clean bill of health as the team announced that both are ready to return to the lineup. Beaulieu will return to Buffalo’s lineup tonight after missing seven straight games with an upper-body injury. However, Gorges is expected to be a healthy scratch but could make his return to the lineup on Saturday.
- Canadiens winger Ales Hemsky skated for the first time since suffering a concussion, TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reports (Twitter link). The veteran sustained the head injury back on October 20th in Anaheim. Hemsky did not get off to a strong start to the season before heading on injured reserve as he failed to record a point in seven games while getting into penalty trouble at times as well. He’s likely still a week or two away from getting the green light to return.
- Lightning center Cedric Paquette could return to the lineup from his upper-body injury on Sunday, notes Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. He last played on October 17th and has an assist in six games so far this season. Tampa Bay hasn’t placed him on injured reserve so they won’t have to make a corresponding roster move when he gets the green light to return.