Bruins' Mark Stuart closer to returning

Stuart.jpgWhile a lot of the focus on the Bruins’ injury situation has
surrounded the return of Marc Savard to the ice in tomorrow’s game
against the Flyers, there’s another Bruins player that the team would
like to have back at some point in the playoffs. Defenseman Mark Stuart,
who’s been out since April 1st with an injured finger, is getting
closer to returning as his condition steadily improves.

He’s started skating again,
and according to Joe Hagerty
, that was one of the final hurdles in
regards to the concerns over his infection. There was thought that the
sweat in the wound combined with an elevated heart beat could worsen the
condition. Stuart is just happy to be back on the ice.

“Just going out skating, or even [beginning to ride] the
bike [again] three days ago, was huge for me. Just to be doing
something,” said Stuart. “The worst part was not only not playing, but
not being able to work out or sweat was really tough for me. It’s just
nice to be out there again, and well work on trying to get back out
there and playing.

Finger infections aren’t exactly
the sort of injury you hear hockey players having to deal with every day
(although a similar issues affected Sheldon Souray this year) so it’s
easy to say he just needs to work through the pain and get out on the
ice. Yet with bacteria in the blood, which is exactly what this is, you
don’t want anyone to take any chances as an infected finger can quickly
become life-threatening.

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker

Devils send ’15 first-rounder Zacha back to junior

2015 NHL Draft - Round One

Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.

Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.

The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.

“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.

The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.

Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.