Hamilton, Paille improving; should join team soon

Hamilton, Paille improving; should join team soon
December 22, 2013, 2:00 am
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BOSTON -- The Bruins are getting healthier by the day, and that’s good news for a B’s roster put together by a patchwork mish-mosh of healthy players and backups pressed into duty in recent weeks. Boston stayed afloat with some large performances from their skill guys, and now they’re being buoyed by their young replacement players.

But the unhealthy Bruins players are on the mend and coming back sooner rather than later. Dougie Hamilton skated on Saturday for the first time since being diagnosed with a lower body injury, and Claude Julien felt like the second year defenseman might return to normal practice at some point in the near future.

“[Hamilton was] skating for the first time this morning,” said Claude Julien. “It was his first time on the ice [since the injury], so again, we’ll see how he progresses. You can only go by that status.”

Saturday night’s loss was Hamilton’s sixth missed game by the Bruin with a lower body injury that’s supposed to keep him out 2-4 weeks, and it’s been just about exactly two weeks of recovery for the 20-year-old first round pick. Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky have been called up to cover for Hamilton’s sizeable talent, but the 6-foot-5 second-year defenseman might be ready to reclaim his spot sooner.

In addition to Hamilton, Daniel Paille (concussion) has recently checked out perfectly fine with the training party after skating for a couple of days, Both should be ready at some point this week after starting a pickup pracitcewith their teammates, and a return to game action happens shortly after that.