Julien: Satan one week away
|01.03.10 at 1:14 pm ET|
WILMINGTON – It should be about a week before new Bruins forward Miroslav Satan is able to jump into the lineup. Satan, who had not been playing this season, skated with the Bruins for the first time Sunday after signing a one-year free agent deal with the team.
“He’s in pretty good shape actually, ” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after practice. “We’ve seen that through testing and everything else. He’s really taken good care of himself for a guy who hasn’t played yet. But that’s one thing. It’s another thing to come up to NHL speed. We’ll go, when I say day to day, it’s more closer to a week. We’ll go from here. He needs some time to practice at this pace.”
Julien added that Milan Lucic is progressing toward a return, but the team is being cautious not to rush him back. Lucic is in the final stages of recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered in late November.
“It was my first full practice with the team, I think it went real well,” said Lucic, who has been skating but had not been involved in any prior contact. “It was definitely a confidence builder that I’m getting close to getting back”
The 35-year-old Satan won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins last season. He chipped in one goal in five assists in 17 playoff games during the run to the Cup. In 1,012 regular season games he has 354 goals and 367 assists. The fact that through over 1,000 NHL games Satan’s career goal and assists marks are almost equally balanced shows he is an overall offensive catalyst, and not simply a goal scorer.
“He’s a skill guy, he’s obviously been in the league a long time,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli. “We just felt we needed to increase out depth at forward and our skill. He can make plays and he can shoot.”
Satan, who will wear No. 81, is excited about the new opportunity with the Bruins.
“I think it makes sense for the team and it makes sense for me also, it’s a good situation,” said Satan who had been skating in Long Island while waiting for playing options to sort out. “This is a team that will have a chance to go deep in the playoffs.”