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Krug tests injured finger at morning skate

BOSTON -- A week after breaking his finger, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug participated in Thursday’s optional morning skate and seemingly remains on track to return to game action in a week or two.

“He’s doing well,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “Obviously his finger is much better, so it depends how quickly that comes around. He’s the only one that’s probably going to be able to tell us right now. Medically they’ve given him permission to go out there and skate and hold onto his stick and everything else. I think, from what I’m being told right now, it will be up to him how quickly he gets that feeling that he can hold his stick properly and it’s not going to be an issue.

Krug broke his finger in the team’s loss to the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 28 and was initially expected to miss two to three weeks. His injury came just after the loss of fellow defensemen Zdeno Chara (knee) and Kevan Miller (shoulder), testing the Bruins' depth at the position.

Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky were recalled from Providence at the time of Krug’s injury and have both played in all three games since.

“That’s the second year in a row we’ve been challenged in that area,” Julien said. “We had a bunch of defensemen here that we really felt could play in the league and could be, at least, depth players at worst. That’s what we’ve been challenged with right now. We had those injuries, those guys stepped in and [have] done a pretty good job. I’d say we knew and right now it’s just a matter of them proving us right up to date.”