2012-Upper-Deck-National-Hockey-Card-Day-America-Zdeno-Chara-6Bruins president Cam Neely said that defenseman Zdeno Chara is moving in the right direction in terms of making it back from a tear in his left knee.

“He’s getting closer,” Neely said at the ribbon cutting for the new TD Garden Pro Shop. “You put that much time between when he got hurt and now, there’s been a lot of forward progress for him.”

Chara was injured Oct. 23 against the New York Islanders. The initial projection was for him to be out four to six weeks. Thursday was four weeks. Chara has not started skating yet, but did start agility drills off ice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.

The Bruins are 8-3-0 without Chara. Over the time of Chara’s injury the Bruins have also missed Kevan Miller, Torey Krug, David Krejci and Brad Marchand for different lengths of time.

Neely, however, isn’t satisfied.

“Well I have to be happy with the points we’ve been able to accumulate considering what’s gone on,” Neely said. “We’ve got some ugly points, but you have to take that in consideration. I think even the guys that are healthy enough to be in the lineup would say that they could play better as we move forward. As an athlete, you’re always striving to be better no matter. You could have your best game, you still want to be better than that. But overall to get the points we’ve been able to accumulate with the issues we’ve had does speak volumes to the character of the group. But I certainly don’t want to underscore the fact that we can play better.”