Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara is nearing a return to the Bruins lineup, but it won’t be happening during their upcoming four game road trip through California and Arizona, according to CSN New England.
Head coach Claude Julien confirmed following Boston’s 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night that the 6-foot-9 captain won’t be traveling with the team to the West Coast, and will miss the road games vs. the Ducks, Kings, Sharks and Coyotes. That means the earliest possible return for the big defenseman is the Dec. 11 home tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks, a date that always seemed more likely given the ample practice between the road trip and the Hawks game.
Chara and the rest of the B's will need that after his six plus week absence from the lineup.
“Zee [Zdeno Chara] is not going to make the trip,” said Julien. “He’s going to stay here, skate, and continue to, I guess, work on his rehab.”
Chara had skated prior to Bruins practice in each of the last few days while recovering from a torn PCL in his left knee, and general manager had pegged his recovery timetable to be between “10 days and two weeks” when asked about it at the beginning of this week.
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