Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien today confirmed that defenseman Aaron Ward, winger Marco Sturm and center Stephane Yelle will all make the road trip to Washington and Atlanta with the club despite their assorted injuries.
Ward and Sturm both skated during practice today at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. Yelle did not practice, but Julien said that an X-ray revealed nothing serious. Yelle left Monday night’s game after a collision with linesman Mark Shewchyk and suffered some muscle spasms.
All three players are considered day-to-day, although Ward might be a little farther off than his teammates, as he has yet to do any contact drills.
“It’s ahead of schedule, it’s progressing and we’re kind of waiting for things to get to the point where I can get myself into full action,” said Ward, who’s going on the trip so he can ramp up the intensity of his workouts and avoid the rust that sometimes settles in when he sits out too long. “Obviously, it’s real limited, it’s no-contact.”