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: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.