Although not everyone was on the ice at TD Garden for practice Tuesday — Brad Marchand most notably was absent — the Bruins welcomed back forward Daniel Paille, who has been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion, and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who skated with the team but didn’t participate in contact drills as he continues to recover from knee surgery he had Jan. 7.
Although coach Claude Julien wouldn’t commit to anything, Paille likely will return to action.
“It feels good to be out there with the guys for a full practice,’’ said Paille. “I’ve skated for over a week now on my own and even a couple of optional skates, but definitely it feels good to get a full-contact practice going.
“Because this is my third injury this year, there were a lot more precautions. I believe I could’ve played midway through the [Detroit] series. There were a lot of precautions and I had to continue with that process.
“I heard Claude say I felt great after the first day, and I did. There’s no question about that. I guess we didn’t want to rush this one.’’
Paille suffered the injury April 12 against Buffalo when he was hit by Sabres rookie defenseman Jake McCabe.
“At first I was a little bit frustrated, but I understand, the guy was trying to finish his check,’’ said Paille. “In my mind, I believed that I moved a lot longer [without the puck] and when I watched the video, I was angry because I didn’t.
“So maybe that’s a fatigue factor, who knows? It was just a guy finishing his check.’’
Paille is just relieved and excited to be back with his teammates, doing all the things on the ice that they are doing.
“To have the opportunity to skate today and play with contact, you definitely take it for granted when you don’t have it,’’ he said. “I felt very fortunate to come back and practice with the team today.’’
While Julien was waiting for Paille to be medically cleared, he used a fourth line of Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton, which was effective against the Red Wings.
“To say he might have been ready . . . I needed to know that he was ready,’’ said the coach. “I know he’s ready for the next round now.’’
According to Julien, Seidenberg skated in drills with the team to break up the boredom of working out on his own.
“We wanted to give him the opportunity to make some plays and passes with a little bit of traffic around him, too,’’ said the coach. “We thought it was a good time for him. He’s strong enough with his skating that he can jump to that level right now.’’
Center Patrice Bergeron said everyone was happy to see Seidenberg back with the team.
“It’s great to see,’’ said Bergeron. “It gives you a little emotional lift to see your teammates battling like he’s been battling just to be better. Obviously, he’s been doing it for a while and it’s nice to see him back out there.
“I don’t know what the timeline is there, but it’s just nice to see him with us. He’s definitely a guy who is a tremendous hard worker and it pays off when you see him doing stuff like he’s been doing in his career but also coming back so fast from that injury, it’s pretty amazing.’’
In addition to Marchand, Chris Kelly also didn’t participate, nor did injured defenseman Corey Potter.
Paille skated in Marchand’s place on a line with Bergeron and right wing Reilly Smith.
Game 1 Thursday night
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