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Satan to make Bruins debut tonight

01.05.10 at 1:33 pm ET

Miroslav Satan will make his debut for the Bruins in Ottawa tonight.

Satan was signed to a one-year deal Saturday and had been expected to practice for a week before playing, but with Patrice Bergeron suffering an apparent hand injury in last night’€™s 3-2 loss to the Rangers in New York, the B’€™s are moving the timetable up for Satan.

‘€œWe were hoping to give him at least a week, but the circumstances are we don’€™t have an extra forward right now,’€ Bruins coach Claude Julien told reports in Ottawa this morning.

The 35-year-old Satan has not played since skating with the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in June. He had been working out and skating on Long Island before being signed by the Bruins.

‘€œHe’€™s in good shape, the only thing we wanted to do was give him a chance to get his timing and a week of practice,” said Julien. “Unfortunately he doesn’€™t have that luxury and neither do we.’€

Julien did not have any further information on the extent of Bergeron’s injury or an estimate of how long his top forward could be sidelined.  Bergeron flew back to Boston this morning to be examined by team doctors today.

“Our doctors haven’€™t seen him so I can’€™t give you an estimate timeline on that,” Julien said.

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