Bruins center Chris Kelly broke his ankle on December seventh when he was slashed by Pascal Dupuis, but on Monday he was seen skating on his own prior to the Bruins practice session hinting that a return could be close.
Coach of the Boston Bruins Claude Julien was asked if Kelly was on the fast track to returning, but Claude didn’t seem too optimistic calling the injury a ‘frustrating’ one that’s ‘going to take a while.’
“He just started skating on his own” Said Julien. “He’s not close to returning here. We’re not talking days here. There is still lots of time for him to heal. It’s more about getting him to stay positive.”
Positive is hard to do when your team needs you, as Kelly is one of Boston’s best penalty killers. The Bruins have allowed four goals on ten power plays and just aren’t killing the penalty as well as when Kelly is in there. Kelly had seven points in 29 games before he went down including three goals.
Bruins insider for CSNNE Joe Haggerty believes there’s a possibility that Kelly could be inserted into the lineup by the end of next week, but with Claude’s comments I’d paint that a long shot. Still, Kelly inches closer to a return and the Bruins are starting to get pieces back on the ice.
The Boston Bruins will suit up against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday who they have beaten in both games so far this season.