WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed to the media after practice Wednesday that defenseman Johnny Boychuk skated earlier in the day and is progressing in his recovery from what general manager Peter Chiarelli termed a “mild concussion” suffered Saturday on a hit by Chris Neil. According to Julien, Boychuk, who didn’t play Tuesday against the Senators, has passed all the tests so far to determine if he is symptom free.
Julien said that the Bruins should know more Thursday.
"We saw what happened with [Nathan Horton] and again we've just got to keep our fingers crossed. The protocol is always about going from one step to another and he was on the ice, so I’m saying he did because they’re not just going to throw him on the ice,” Julien said. “He has to go through the protocol so he’s moving forward with it.”
There were some reports Wednesday that Boychuk had only a neck strain, but Julien wasn’t concerned with what the injury is being described as. As far as he and the Bruins are concerned, it is and will be treated as a concussion.
“I don’t really know to be honest with you, but whether it’s termed a concussion or concussion symptoms, I don’t think it really matters because we’re dealing with it as if it is [a concussion],” Julien said. “We’re making sure we’re going through the process of doing it right. Whether you want to deem it one or not, it doesn’t matter. We take the cautious approach to those kinds of things and we don’t want to lose him for a long time because we took shortcuts or whatever. It’s going through the protocol and going day-by-day. So he’s feeling better and we’re moving forward with him.”
Julien was asked if Boychuk could play Thursday against the Devils and while he didn’t rule it out, he stressed that the team is being cautious.
“When they tell me he is ready to play, he’s ready to play,” Julien said. “Right now we’re doing the things to make sure he doesn’t have a setback.”