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Bruins’ Paille (upper body) is ready to return to action

Apr 29, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

Daniel Paille, Tyler Ennis AP

The Boston Bruins believe that forward Daniel Paille will be ready to play in the team’s next playoff game, CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports.

While the Bruins only deem it an upper-body injury, Haggerty points out that many think it’s a concussion. Paille himself acknowledged that it’s his third head injury of the season, although he indicates that his symptoms haven’t been severe (at least in this case).

“It definitely feels good to get a good, full contact practice going,” said Paille. “Because this was my third [head] injury this year, there were a lot more precautions to go through this time around. I believe I could have played midway through the last series.

“I didn’t feel like I had too many symptoms/injuries, but I had to continue with that process. I heard Claude say that I felt ‘great’ after the first day, and I did. There was no question about that.”

Here’s video of the hit that put him on the shelf on April 12:

He also suffered from concussion-like symptoms in March and December, so it’s easy to see why the Bruins are trying to be cautious with the 30-year-old.

Paille scored nine goals and 18 points with a +9 rating in 72 regular season games with the Bruins this season.

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