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David Krejci (concussion) continues to progress

Bruins center David Krejci [1] was on the ice skating with his teammates for the second day in a row as the B’s held an optional morning skate on Monday.

For Krejci, it was the hardest workout he’s had since suffering a concussion in overtime on Nov. 6 against the Blues. The day after suffering the concussion, the Bruins announced that they expected to be without Krejci, who had been the first-line center with Marc Savard [2] out, for at least a week. As of Monday morning, he had yet to be cleared for contact, but he was scheduled to see a doctor later in the day.

“I really hope this afternoon I’m going to know a little more [regarding] when I’ll come back,” Krejci said, admitting that he was tired after the workout, but that “it’s really hard to say whether it’s from the concussion or the skating.”

Johnny Boychuk [3], meanwhile, is also getting closer, as he too was once again on the ice with his teammates. The good news is that the blueliner said the fractured forearm that’s kept him out of the lineup since Oct. 23 “just hasn’t been bothering” him.

Boychuk had the cast he had been wearing removed, and on Monday was sporting what members of the media could only was a stiff removable cast.

“I’m going to have to protect it, but I’m not going to shy away from doing anything I would [normally do], so I’ll just play the way I have been,” Boychuk said.

Boychuk could return to the Bruins’ lineup as soon as next weekend. It will be interesting to see how his return shakes up the defense, given that Adam McQuaid seems to be pushing Matt Hunwick for a spot.