Bruins star David Pastrnak remains ‘ahead of schedule’ in injury recovery, says coach

David Pastrnak recently re-joined his Boston Bruins teammates for practice as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.

While the right winger is making good progress in his rehab — he’s ahead of schedule from the original return date of mid-February — there are still more steps for him to take before a return to game action happens.

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Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy gave a positive update on Pastrnak when asked Wednesday when the 24-year-old forward might remove the red jersey and practice as normal.

“He’s got a little bit of that to go. I would say best guess would be he would be in with us through this week in a red (non-contact jersey), stay-out-of-the-heavy-stuff,” Cassidy said on a Zoom call. “Hopefully by next week he joins us and then see how close he is to game-ready. Where that puts him exactly, I don’t know. It’s probably a little early for that.

“But as I said before, I think it was a couple weeks ago, he is ahead of schedule from the original mid-February date. How much remains to be seen — a bit like (Brad Marchand) at the end there. The contact part started, he had to leave a couple practices because you just don’t know how you’re going to react. That’s the unknown with Pasta going forward. The rest of his rehab’s going very well — saw him on the ice today.

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