Lucic back at Bruins practice

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Lucic back at Bruins practice

WILMINGTON, MA The bad news was that seven Bruins players were held out of Tuesdays practice at Ristuccia Arena because of flu-like symptoms.

The good news was that Bruins power forward Milan Lucic was back on the ice at practice after missing Sundays game against the Winnipeg Jets for personal reasons. The left wing flew to Winnipeg with the team and then immediately hopped on a flight headed back to Boston when he was needed at home.

Lucic didnt want to discuss the specifics of the personal matter but assured that everybody is okay and thats what really matters at the end of the day. The Bruins forward and his wife welcomed their first child into the world roughly a month ago, but he gave no indication if the personal issue involved his baby daughter Valentina.

It was for personal reasons. The good thing is that everybody is home and healthy now, said Milan Lucic. Thats basically it. It was a long last couple of days flying to Winnipeg and then flying all the way back once I got there. But everybody is happy and healthy, and thats the main thing.

Lucic was skating at practice on a makeshift white line with normal center David Krejci and Chris Bourque on the right wing, and Rich Peverley was skating in place of Patrice Bergeron in between Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Claude Julien said the Bruins coaching staff had to ad lib the forward lines a bit with so many bodies missing from practice due to illness.

The lines were as follows:

Lucic-Krejci-Bourque
Marchand-Peverley-Seguin
PandolfoMacDermid-Kelly-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Hamilton
Johnson

Rask

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.