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Bruins’ McAvoy remains out, shrouded in mystery

Matt Kalman
November 08, 2018 - 12:29 pm

The mystery of Charlie McAvoy’s status with the Bruins continues.

McAvoy was scheduled to miss his eight straight game Thursday when the Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden. He's been out with what the Bruins classified as an “upper-body” injury since he last played Oct. 18 at Edmonton. At the time McAvoy was sent home from the Bruins’ road trip coach Bruce Cassidy said McAvoy had taken a hit a week earlier in a home game against the Oilers and hadn’t felt well since then, but also that McAvoy hadn't felt right since the preseason.

McAvoy, who was averaging 20:55 of ice time in seven games this season (including averaging 21:00 in the three games after he took that hit Oct. 11), has not skated since he left the lineup.

In the three weeks McAvoy has been out, the Bruins have offered no details and Thursday, Cassidy still didn’t have much to share on the status of his 20-year-old star defenseman.

“I wish I had great answers for you in that. If there’s any news I’d hope that we’d provide an update, but there’s really nothing changed. He’s not skating, he’s around, he’s doing off-ice workouts and that’s kind of where it’s been at. So he hasn’t been shut down specifically, we didn’t say ‘OK, he’s out for three weeks off the ice, specifically.’

“It’s a matter of him feeling up to the next stage which would be hopefully getting on the ice and skating because he is in the gym. So that’s a bit between the medical staff and him to make that determination. And then from there it’s getting into practice and then get in game shape. So listen, I hope he’s on the ice tomorrow, but I don’t have much for you there.”

The Bruins are 4-2-1 since McAvoy left the lineup. McAvoy missed four games last winter after a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat but the Bruins have denied his current absence has anything to do with that.

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