Julien: Sobotka has mild concussion

WILMINGTON, Mass. –- Bruins coach Claude Julien admitted after the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena Friday morning that forward Vladimir Sobotka has a mild concussion.

Sobotka did practice with the team and will have a have a neurological test later today, which is the last required step he has to pass before being allowed to play, according to Julien.

“He’s doing better,” said Julien. “Obviously for him to skate today he’s been headache free ... It was deemed a mild concussion, a very mild concussion. Obviously when you have those kinds of things you just have to go through the different stages and he’s gone through all of them. Now the only thing left to do is have the neuro-psyche test. He felt great today.”

Sobotka was slammed into the boards by the Thrashers’ Evgeny Artyukhin in the early minutes of the first period on Tuesday in Atlanta and did not return. The initial diagnosis by the team was a sore neck, but Sobotka admitted between the first and second period of the Bruins game against Tampa on Thursday that he did suffer a concussion.

Sobotka was not made available after the team’s practice this morning.