Redden appears close to returning

Redden appears close to returning
May 20, 2013, 1:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Wade Redden was once again skating at Bruins practice on Monday at the TD Garden. The veteran defenseman hasn't played since Game 5 of the Toronto series thanks to an undisclosed injury.

Bruins coach Claude Julien put him in the same category as injured defenseman Dennis Seidenberg -- who also practiced Monday -- after the skate, saying he's "getting closer."

Redden described his injury as "a black and white thing." And it sounds as if Redden is getting closer to receiving medical clearance.

"I've been able to do more every day," said Redden after Monday's practice. "That's a positive, I guess. I've been taking steps in the right direction.

"I can't say right now. I'm going to decide . . . We're going to talk tomorrow, and we'll just go from there.

"It's been a day-to-day thing, so we'll just keep treating it that way," added Redden. "Tomorrow, we've got a game. We've all got to decide if I'm ready and then we go from there."

Of course, even if Redden gets cleared to play, that doesn't mean he's automatically going to be in the Bruins' lineup. There's still another decision to be made by the coach.

"As far as players in and out of the lineup, it's cut and dry with us," said Julien. "I need the okay from the medical staff, which is the doctors and the trainers. After they've given me the okay, it becomes my decision. So there's no gray area when it comes to that stuff.

"The best thing to do is to cross that bridge when you get to it. To procrastinate about it right now is a lot of wasted time where I could be putting it on different areas of our game. So when that time comes, whether it's tomorrow morning or whatever, I'll be ready to make the decision."