Boston Bruins: Zdeno Chara is practicing

Only one day after the Boston Bruins announced they will be without one of their best players – defenceman Dennis Seidenberg – for the remainder of the season, captain Zdeno Chara mysteriously missed the club’s Saturday night contest against the Ottawa Senators. There are no official reports explaining exactly what ails the massive Bruins’ captain, however, out of Boston today, some good news:

Whatever injury has befallen Boston’s giant gamer, it does not appear to be serious. A healthy Chara is great news for the Bruins, who occupy top spot in the Atlantic Division, yet, don’t exactly cling to a dominant lead – the Tampa Bay Lightning are only four points away; the Canadiens, five. A lengthy stretch without Chara and Seidenberg would be costly to any team, even the Bruins. It seems losing both for a significant portion of the season is not a concern right now, in light of Chara’s return to practice.

The Bruins are having a tremendous season, once again. They are poised to finish atop the Atlantic, and still within very realistic reach of top spot in the Eastern Conference by the time the season ends next spring.

UPDATE: Chara has left Bruins’ practice early.