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Blidh, McAvoy out as Bruins get six skaters back from the “unfit” list

Hey, that’s a net gain, at least!

NHL: JUL 18 Bruins Training Camp Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

When the Bruins had a big chunk of their roster missing during practice last week, Bruce Cassidy remarked that he hoped their absences were short and that they’d be back in the mix soon.

He got his wish, with six of the formerly unfit returning to practice today.

David Krejci, Sean Kuraly, Charlie Coyle, Tuukka Rask, Nick Ritchie, and Torey Krug were all back, with their fitness in order.

However, Charlie McAvoy and Anton Blidh were among the missing today, joining yet-to-return David Pastrnak, Ondrej Kase, and Chris Wagner.

In his post-practice remarks, Cassidy offered a little insight (as vaguely as possible) into the probable cause behind many of the absences thus far.

From the Bruins’ website:

“When it comes to the COVID aspect of it, you’re seeing tests that don’t come back on time, you’re seeing tests that are inconclusive, so we’re being cautious. A lot of that is factored into what’s happened recently. At the end of the day, we go to work with the guys whose test results have come back negative and off we go. Obviously, we’d love to get them all back on time and negative, but it doesn’t always happen that way.”

At some point soon, we’ll stop commenting on every instance of a player missing,’s July. There’s not much else going on.