Bruins back to full strength at practice

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Bruins back to full strength at practice

TAMPA All Bruins players were present and accounted for as they went through a scrimmage-heavy practice at the Tampa Times Forum in preparation of Thursday nights game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That meant full participation and full health as the Bruins swing through Florida for the next five days before finishing this three-game road trip with a tilt against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.

That also meant the seven Bruins skaters knocked down by the flu from yesterdays practice at Ristuccia Arena were back out on the ice, and players like Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid were feeling much better.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was able to fill out his forward lines and defensemen pairings as usual for the hour-plus practice.

Lets knock on wood here that nothing else happens, but it was obvious that everybody missing yesterday was feeling much better today, said Julien. So lets cross our fingers that is where it all ends.

The forward combos and defensemen pairings were as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
PandolfoBourque-Kelly-Peverley
MacDermidPaille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Ference-McQuaid

Rask
Khudobin

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.