Dougie Hamilton cleared, returns to practice

Dougie Hamilton cleared, returns to practice
January 24, 2014, 11:15 pm
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The Bruins are getting a much-needed reinforcement. 

Dougie Hamilton has been cleared for contact and returned to Bruins practice on Friday after missing four games with concussion-like symptoms.

"It's just kind of frustrating [being injured] so hopefully I can get back and get back into the rhythm," said Hamilton. "When you don't really do anything for a week, once you start skating again it's pretty hard to get back into shape and your legs aren't feeling too good. Now I feel pretty good and I feel a lot better about myself and feel kind of relieved in a way."

Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty says Hamilton has shown he can contribute on the ice, but the question is, can he stay it?

"I think the one area where you're seeing some question marks right now is durability," says Haggerty. "[Hamilton] missed almost a month with a strained MCL, he comes back for five games and then he's out of the lineup for a week with a concussion.

"You start to wonder whether he's going to be durable enough to handle the pounding, the physical abuse that comes along with playing in the playoffs."

It's not yet clear if Hamilton will be on the ice when the Bruins face the Flyers in Philly on Saturday afternoon.