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Kobasew improving

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  October 25, 2008 11:42 AM

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Chuck Kobasew was one of six Bruins participating in an optional skate this morning. Kobasew has missed every game but the season opener, but said his fracture is healing -- he explained the fibula is a non-weight-bearing bone -- and allowing him to skate the last two days.

"It's good to be back on the ice," said Kobasew. "Just doing the basics and trying to get better. Every day, we're looking to see improvement now."

Kobasew has not been informed whether he'll make the trip to Western Canada tomorrow. Kobasew is from Osoyoos, British Columbia. Thursday's game against Calgary would mark exactly three weeks from when he was injured by a Shane Hnidy dump-in against Colorado on Oct. 9.

"Right now he's on pace to hopefully be back sooner rather than later," said Claude Julien. "It's encouraging. Still, he's going out there for a few minutes each day, and this is his second day now. It's getting a little better but we'll give him some time."

* Yesterday, Milan Lucic met with the two fans who were injured on Thursday when his check on Mike Van Ryn shattered a pane of glass at TD Banknorth Garden. Lucic gave the fans, a brother and sister visiting town, several jerseys, hats, and T-shirts. The fans suffered facial cuts on the play.

* Because there was no morning skate, there's no word on the lineup or who will be in goal tonight. But it's a good bet that Manny Fernandez will start tonight, with the Bruins continuing their goalie rotation.

* Atlanta didn't skate this morning either. The Thrashers played Detroit last night.

* Julien played with first-year Atlanta coach John Anderson in Quebec in 1985-86. "Good teammate. I liked John," Julien said. "As you can see, he's a pretty relaxed guy when you look at him behind the bench. But he's also intense in his way. From what I can see, his players obviously respect his game plan, because they showed it from start to finish yesterday. This is a guy who has a great understanding of the game and had what they call hockey sense as a player."

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