Paille (eye) returns to Bruins practice

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Paille (eye) returns to Bruins practice

WILMINGTON, MA It was a close call, but Daniel Paille didnt look too much worse for the wear on Monday.

The fourth line winger took a high-stick to the left eye area in last weeks loss to the Buffalo Sabres, and didnt make the trip to Toronto last weekend. But Paille returned to practice on Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and said that he was feeling pretty good.

He took part in most of practice, but Paille did skip the three-on-three battle drills to avoid taking another stick to the eye area.

There were still some marks around his eye area where the stick had found its way under his visor, and Paille revealed that he hasnt been cleared by the Bruins medical staff quite yet.

I dont feel too bad after a couple of days off. At first I was a bit worried about what could happen to my eye, but luckily it wasnt anything too serious, said Paille, who has a goal and three assists in seven games. They wanted to let me rest for a couple of days and heal. Hopefully Ill play Wednesday, but well see. Its a goal for me to see if I can play.

It was a little bit of worry, I guess, but as the days went by I saw everything perfectly clear. The eye exams went off very well. The docs are just telling me to be aware and to be careful with it. Everything else with my face is okay.

After skating in the Buffalo game with third line forward Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly, Paille was back skating on the fourth line with Jamie Tardif and Lane MacDermid at Mondays practice. Claude Julien said that Paille hasnt been ruled out for Wednesday nights game against the Montreal Canadiens, and that will likely come down to getting the proper medical clearance.

Paille is doing fine. The doctors havent cleared him yet, but you saw him skating today, said Julien. Right now there is nobody thats a definite no moving forward here for the next game against Montreal. But well be making those decisions tomorrow.

With Shawn Thornton out and Brad Marchand still a question mark for the midweek game against the Canadiens, an addition of Paille could bring a nice lift to the Black and Gold lineup.

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.