BOSTON (CBS) –It was a shocking scene for Bruins fans at the TD Garden last week to see Shawn Thornton lose a fight, and they showed tremendous concern for the enforcer when the team announced he had suffered a concussion during the bout.
Fortunately though, Bruins coach Claude Julien shared some good news on the Thornton recovery front.
“Very doubtful for him [to play on Wednesday], but he’s feeling really good,” Julien said from practice on Monday. “He’s been great. He’s been symptom-free for a few days now. He biked yesterday, he skated today, so things are going well. Obviously there is a protocol to follow, and we’re certainly going to follow that to the letter.”
It’s a certainty that Thornton won’t play Wednesday, as NHL protocol calls for players to miss at least seven days after suffering a concussion. Thornton suffered his concussion on Thursday night against Buffalo. If his recovery continues on its current path, he could return Saturday afternoon, at home against Tampa Bay. The Bruins play the Sabres again on Sunday night, as well.
Julien also said that Daniel Paille is “doing fine” but still needs to be cleared by doctors after suffering an eye injury against the Sabres. Julien added that David Krejci missed Monday’s practice for a “maintenance day” and that Brad Marchand is “progressing well” after suffering a shoulder injury from crashing into the boards Saturday night in Toronto.
“Right now, there’s nobody that’s a definite no moving forward here for the next game,” Julien said. “Before we leave [Tuesday], we should know who can and who can’t play on Wednesday.”