Johnny Boychuk's Out, But Getting Better

By Emma Harger

Here’s some encouraging news about injured defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who’s been out with concussion-like symptoms since taking a hit from Chris Neil on Feb. 25: he’s getting better.

He skated alone before practice on Feb. 29 and is undergoing tests to see how his recovery is going, according to Anthony Gulizia. There is no exact timetable for his return, but coach Claude Julien is taking it day-by-day, carefully, deliberately not trying to re-introduce Boychuk into the lineup before he’s well again.

“We take the cautious approach to those kind of things – we don’t want to lose him for a long time because we took short cuts. But it’s going through the protocol and going day-by-day, so he’s feeling better,” he said to Gulizia.

Julien also knows that, upon Boychuk’s return, the Bruins will have an embarrassment of riches on the blueline. Thanks to bringing in Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon, there will be eight defensemen at the ready once Boychuk feels better. Six usually make a game roster, so prepare for a little healthy competition. Of course, it’s better to have more options than to have none at all.


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