WILMINGTON -- With Dennis Seidenberg out for the rest of the season, it was important to get second-year defenseman Dougie Hamilton back into the fold as quickly as possible.
It was good news for the Bruins that Hamilton returned to the Ristuccia Arena practice ice on Monday after missing the last three weeks with a lower body injury. Hamilton looked good and mobile while working on quick change-of-direction drills with B’s assistant coach Doug Jarvis. He looked like a player that will be ready to return at some point this week. That would be right on schedule for the 2-4 week timetable he was given after getting hurt during the road trip through Western Canada.
Hamilton has missed a grand total of nine games with the injury thus far, his first major ailment in his first two seasons with the Black and Gold.
With David Warsofsky, Nick Johnson and Zach Trotman all sent back to Providence over the weekend and Kevan Miller brought back up on emergency waivers, it was a barebones group out on the ice skating together at practice. Here are the forward lines and D-pairings based on Monday practice:
The defensemen out on the ice were Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski, but it remains to be seen what the pairings will be for tomorrow night’s New Year’s eve tilt against the New York Islanders.