Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 15: Charlie Coyle #13 of the Boston Bruins talks with Brandon Carlo #25 during the first period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on February 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins, out of game action since Dec. 16 and with six straight postponements to their name, appear closer and closer to emerging from the depths of COVID list hell.

The obvious good news for the Bruins came on Sunday afternoon with the return of practice for the Black and Gold, and with seven players removed from the team’s COVID list.

That group of seven included forwards Patrice Bergeron, Anton Blidh, Trent Frederic, Curtis Lazar, Brad Marchand, and Craig Smith, along with goaltender Jeremy Swayman. In the case of Lazar, who was added to the league’s COVID protocols just before the holiday break, the 10-day quarantine was not required as he was able to ‘test out’ of the protocol.

Another plus for the Bruins was that most of the players who landed in the COVID protocol were either asymptomatic or dealt with minor issues that made their bout with COVID feel like a regular cold.

The Bruins did, however, add another player to the protocols Sunday, with Charlie Coyle moved to the list.

Monday’s practice also came with the return of Taylor Hall, added to the list with Lazar earlier this month, as well as the return of Oskar Steen to Providence, dropping their COVID list to a manageable two, with just Coyle and Brandon Carlo unavailable.

The Bruins are currently slated to get back to work on New Year’s Day against the Buffalo Sabres.

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