Boston Bruins

David Krejci and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins celebrate after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 to win the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 16, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

David Krejci and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins celebrate after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 to win the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 16, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Zdeno Chara returned to practice in full for the Bruins on Monday. And according to head coach Bruce Cassidy, he made it through without any setbacks.

Cassidy told reporters (via the Bruins’ Twitter account) that Chara “got through practice” with “no issues” on Monday at Warrior Ice Arena. However, the team will wait and see how the captain feels on Tuesday before making any definitive judgments on his availability for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But Chara certainly appears well on track to return to the Bruins’ lineup for the start of the series, which happens next Monday, May 27. To keep Chara off the ice altogether, the setback would probably have to be significant. Basically, as long as he has all his limbs he’ll be out there.

The B’s and Chara still have plenty of time to get the defenseman ready for the Stanley Cup Final. His skill set will be much welcome whether it’s against the San Jose Sharks or St. Louis Blues.

The Bruins have reportedly reached out to the Super Bowl champion Patriots for advice on how to stay sharp with a long layoff between games. The Bruins will go 11 days between rounds after disposing of the Hurricanes in four games, while the Sharks and Blues still have 1-2 more games to play.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.