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Carl Soderberg cleared to play, could return Saturday vs. Lightning 10.18.13 at 4:46 pm ET
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Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters after Friday’s practice that forward Carl Soderberg has been cleared to play after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. That opens the possibility that he could play Saturday against the Lightning.

Soderberg skated on the third line in Friday’s practice, taking Jordan Caron‘s place on the third line with Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand. Caron did not practice Friday, with Julien telling reporters that the forward was given a maintenance day.

Following the injury to Soderberg, Caron stepped into the lineup in his place and turned in exceptional work through the first two games, making it seem as though Soderberg wouldn’t have a spot by the time he was ready to play. However, with the lines being somewhat shuffled (Reilly Smith was moved up and Marchand down) and Caron coming back to earth a bit, it would appear the B’s would be able to get Soderberg into a game with Kelly and Marchand as his linemates.

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Carl Soderberg takes contact, still a game or two away 10.16.13 at 4:21 pm ET
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SUNRISE, Fla. — Carl Soderberg returned to taking contact Wednesday at BB&T Center as he tries to work his way back from an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. He has missed all five games this season due to the injury, but he was wearing a Merlot sweater Wednesday as the fourth line’s extra forward and participated fully in battle drills.

Following the practice, Claude Julien said that Soderberg is a game or two away from being ready to play in a game for the B’s.

The forward lines for practice were as follows, with Brad Marchand remaining on the third one:

Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
Smith – Bergeron – Eriksson
Marchand – Kelly – Caron
Paille (Soderberg) – Campbell – Thornton

Soderberg had won the third line left wing job in training camp, as the team was set to go with a third line of Chris Kelly between Soderberg and Reilly Smith, but Caron’s improved play seems to have left Soderberg without a spot in the lineup. With that being said, Julien said he’d still like to find a way to get Soderberg into the lineup once he’s ready.

“I think it’s important that we get players in,” Julien said. “He had a really good camp; it’s unfortunate he got hurt then. When the time comes, I’m going to have to make that decision. If I can’t take anybody out, I can’t, but I’d certainly like to get him in there if I could.”

Julien did not seem to think the team would send Soderberg to the AHL for a conditioning assignment.

As for the player himself, Soderberg said that he feels he could get back in a game “very soon.” He said the biggest concern with getting ready to go was taking contact, which he’s now taken.

Said Soderberg: “You always need one or a couple of practices before you get into a game so it’s all set when you [play].”

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Carl Soderberg joins morning skate, not ready to play 10.10.13 at 11:50 am ET
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The Bruins held an optional skate Thursday morning, with Carl Soderberg joining his teammates on the ice for the first time since injuring his left ankle nearly two weeks ago.

Soderberg has been skating on his own since Monday but had not practiced. The morning skate was a good opportunity for the B’s to get him in a practice situation, as morning skates are less physically trying and do not involve contact. Claude Julien said that he Soderberg to practice Friday.

“I think it’s a start,” Julien said. “He’s skated enough the last [few days], so it was good to see him out there and doing at least some line rushes and stuff like that. He’s progressing well, but obviously not ready to play.”

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Bruins could consider AHL conditioning assignment for Carl Soderberg 10.09.13 at 1:05 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — It’s just two games into the season, but it would appear that — barring an injury to a Bruins forward – Carl Soderberg won’t be getting into the Bruins’ lineup any time soon.

Soderberg skated for the third straight day Wednesday (he still hasn’t returned to practice), but with the third line of Chris Kelly between Jordan Caron and Reilly Smith clicking without him since his ankle injury allowed Caron to step into the lineup, there won’t be a job waiting for him when he’s healthy.

Such a scenario would seem a bit far away at this point, but should the Bruins not have a spot for Soderberg for a long stretch once he’s ready to play, they could send him to Providence for up to 14 days on a conditioning assignment without enduring the risk that comes with the waiver process. He would get paid the same amount of money and wouldn’t be subject to waivers, but the B’s could only do it once.

“We’re not there yet, to be honest with you,” Claude Julien said Wednesday.

Last season, the Bruins got busted trying it more than once when they sent defenseman Aaron Johnson on a second conditioning assignment. Upon being notified of it, they had to call Johnson back before he even got to Providence.

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Carl Soderberg still not practicing for Bruins 10.08.13 at 12:48 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Carl Soderberg skated for the second straight day on Tuesday, but he did not participate in practice as he remains out with an ankle injury.

Soderberg won’t get into a game without practicing first, though there doesn’t appear to be a roster spot for him at the moment anyway with Jordan Caron having claimed the left wing job on the third line for the time being.

Given that, the B’s should be in no rush to bring Soderberg back. The fact that he’s skating is encouraging, and he could be seen walking through the team’s dressing room the last two days without a limp.

“Day to day is the best I can say right now,” Claude Julien said of Soderberg. “He’s skating, and when I say day-to-day, he’s getting closer to practicing with us. Once he practices with us and I get the OK from our medical staff, we’ll move forward. Day-to-day doesn’t necessarily mean tomorrow, but he is progressing extremely well.”

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Carl Soderberg skates, Bruins get silly in practice 10.07.13 at 12:43 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Carl Soderberg returned to the ice Monday, skating before the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena as he works his way back from an ankle injury. Soderberg did not participate in practice, with Jordan Caron remaining on the third line left wing.

“He skated this morning, so he’s getting closer,” Claude Julien said of Soderberg.

After Soderberg finished up and the ice was cleaned, the Bruins acted silly by doing drills with the opposite-shot sticks. After doing offensive zone drills for about 10 minutes, they had a shootout, with a left-handed Shawn Thornton actually scoring on Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins last skate with opposite-shot sticks in a laugh-a-minute practice last season, so with four days between games (they took Sunday off and play the Avalanche Thursday), Julien took the opportunity to keep things light.

“For me, the [hardest] drill in practice is finding a warmup drill where you allow guys to get guys to get their legs and goaltenders feeling pucks,” Julien said. “It was one of the things we’ve done before, give them a chance to loosen up and have fun with it. We’re three days away from the next game, so I don’t think we have to be too hard on them in a Monday morning practice.”

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David Krejci to play in opener 10.03.13 at 11:50 am ET
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The Bruins will have their new alternate captain in the lineup for Thursday’s season-opener against the Lightning, as David Krejci will be in the lineup after being questionable with back spasms.

Krejci was on the ice for morning skate centering his line with Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, while Carl Soderberg (left ankle) was once again absent and will not play Thursday. With Soderberg out, Jordan Caron will play left wing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Reilly Smith.

For the time being, the Bruins will not call up another forward from Providence.

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