WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart said today after his first full practice with the team that he thinks he could play in a game.
However, not long after, head coach Claude Julien said in his media briefing that Stuart is not medically cleared and so the decision does not belong with the coaching staff yet.
Stuart has been out since he suffered a hand injury Dec. 7. At the time, he was declared out for four to six weeks.
“I believe it is [OK to play a hockey game],” Stuart said about his hand. “But it’s not up to me, so …”
Stuart wouldn’t project a return. Julien said he wasn’t surprised Stuart was making bold pronouncements.
“That’s Stewie being Stewie,” said the coach.