Paille (upper body) out for Saturday game vs. Leafs

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Paille (upper body) out for Saturday game vs. Leafs

WILMINGTON, MA The Bruins will be without 23 of their fourth line for a big road tilt against the Maple Leafs. Shawn Thornton will be out at least a week with a concussion suffered in a first period hockey fight with 6-foot-8 John Scott, and Daniel Paille will also be out with an injury suffered as a result of a high-stick to the face in the third period of Thursdays 7-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Claude Julien indicated that Paille, who skated as the left winger on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley against Buffalo, is still going through tests with doctors to determine the severity of the upper body injury.

It appeared that the high stick caught Paille up in the eye area, and that he was cut open by the flying piece of hockey equipment.

Hes not making the trip. Were going to deem it an upper-body injury because we dont have all of the details right now, said Julien of Paille, who picked up an assist on Rich Peverleys second period goal Thursday night and has three points in seven games this season. Once we got more clarification in his injury well let you know. But for now its upper body until we get more news.

With Paille and Thornton both out of the lineup it would appear that Jamie Tardif, Chris Bourque and Lane MacDermid will all be playing against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. Both David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron missed Fridays practice as well, but Julien indicated that both centers were simply resting with maintenance days and would play against Toronto.

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.