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Charlie McAvoy could return as soon as this weekend

The rookie is close, and could play on Saturday night.

Boston Bruins Press Conference Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Charlie McAvoy appeared before the media earlier this week, standing with Don Sweeney and the Bruins’ team internist to answer questions about his recent heart procedure.

Shortly thereafter, he found himself in a much more familiar, comfortable setting: back on the ice.

McAvoy had been skating on his own prior to Bruins practices throughout the week, but returned to the ice with his team for the morning skate on Thursday.

Bruce Cassidy delivered some good news shortly thereafter:

Per reports from the team doctor and other sources, McAvoy was “healthy” in medical terms as soon as the procedure was over, but needed to rest to let his body recover.

It appears that several days of rest may have been enough, as the rookie is close to being ready to go. It may make more sense to keep him out until Tuesday against Detroit, which would make it a little over two weeks since the procedure.

Either way, good news for McAvoy and the Bruins.