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Axelsson to play?

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 31, 2008 12:27 PM

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OTTAWA -- P.J. Axelsson was supposed to be at Scotiabank Place only to participate in today's morning skate.

But the left wing's injured right foot has responded so well that he could be ready to return tonight against Ottawa. Claude Julien said Axelsson will be a game-time decision. Axelsson is wearing a plastic guard around most of his right boot.

* Andrew Alberts, who is not with the team, worked out yesterday. Alberts had not been cleared for exercise after persistent headaches, but his symptoms have subsided enough for him to go through light workouts.

* GM Peter Chiarelli rejoined his team here after spending the last week scouting in the QMJHL and OHL. Chiarelli thought the Teemu Selanne signing might have triggered some more action among his counterparts, but the trade market has yet to pick up. "At some point, something will happen," said Chiarelli of leaguewide activity. "There are a couple teams in contention with room who are driving the bus right now."

* Old friend Jason York visited his ex-teammates this morning. York, an Ottawa native, is doing occasional radio work for Team 1200 AM. York said he had offers to play overseas -- including more than $1 million a season from a Russian club -- but said the only way he would return to action would be for a crack at a Cup. "If I got the call, I'd be ready in two weeks," said York, who's ultimately seeking a TV color job in the NHL.

* Marco Sturm, one of four Bruins who didn't skate this morning (Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, and Dennis Wideman were the others), is scheduled to appear in his 730th career game tonight, passing Uwe Krupp as the all-time leader in games played by a German player. Ottawa's Christoph Schubert is a German native while Dany Heatley was born in Freiburg, Germany, but is a Canadian citizen.

* Heatley (shoulder) and Daniel Alfredsson (hip flexor) will not play tonight. Martin Gerber will start in goal.

* Julien said there will be a number of game-time decisions tonight, so we won't project a lineup until pregame warmups.

* Tim Thomas will start tonight.

* Chiarelli said the Bruins are working to sign Russian prospect Yuri Alexandrov, Boston's second pick in the 2006 draft.

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