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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Julien: Soderberg progressing well

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- For the second day in a row, injured Bruins forward Carl Soderberg skated on his own prior to the team’s practice at Ristuccia Arena.

He’s progressing from an ankle injury he suffered in the Bruins’ final preseason game Sept. 27. There’s no timetable for when he’ll be able to return to game action.

“Day to day is the best I can say right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “He’s skating, and when I say ‘day to day,’ he’s getting closer to practicing with us, and once he practices and I get the OK from the medical staff, we’ll move forward. Day to day doesn’t mean tomorrow, but he’s progressing extremely well.”

During Soderberg’s absence, Jordan Caron has been given an opportunity and has played well in the team’s first two games of the regular season. The 22-year-old forward has been on the line with Chris Kelly and rookie Reilly Smith. Caron nearly scored a goal in the first game against Tampa Bay last Thursday, but he capitalized and produced his first tally of the season against the Detroit Red Wings last Saturday at TD Garden.

It’ll be interesting to see how Julien handles the situation once Soderberg is deemed healthy.

“We’ve got a pretty good player who is injured now and we’re going to have some tough decisions to make when the time comes,” Julien said.

* Defenseman Matt Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for the first two games of the regular season. Fellow blueliners Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug have been in the lineup and have played well. At some point soon, Julien will want to insert Bartkowski to keep him game ready.

“I’ll be very honest. He’s not going to sit [on press level] for a month,” Julien said. “That’s not going to happen. We’ve got some good young players and they need to play, especially early in the year, you’ve got to give those guys opportunities to play. When that’s going to happen, I’m not sure but certainly don’t expect him to be in the stands for a whole month.”