Brett Connolly RW BOS 4 days ago

The Bruins have extended a qualifying offer to Connolly, csnne.com reports.

The same applies to fellow forward Ryan Spooner, with both restricted free agents ticketed for regular duty this coming season, more so with the the team having parted ways with forwards Carl Soderberg and Milan Lucic. While it's too early to get a great read on how the B's lines might shake out next season, Connolly has a shot to land a top-six role and in such a scenario, he could emerge on the fantasy radar. He's coming off a 2014-15 campaign in which he recorded 12 goals and 17 points in 55 NHL games, including five in a Boston uniform following his trade from Tampa Bay.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Connolly, making his return from a finger injury and his Bruins debut, was key to Thursday's comeback win over Detroit, assisting on his team's first goal as well as the game-winner late in the third period.

He skated just a modest 12:44 in his first game as a Bruin, but certainly fit right in despite having missed a month of action thanks to the finger issue. Connolly never got a great chance in Tampa Bay, but it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see 2010's No. 6 overall pick flourish in Boston.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Connolly (finger) is taking part in line rushes during the Bruins' pregame warmups, suggesting he'll play Thursday against the Red Wings, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.

Acquired by the Bruins prior to the trade deadline, Connolly suffered a broken finger in his second practice with the team and missed a month due to the injury. He was initially projected to sit out the rest of the season, but improved quicker than anticipated and now looks poised to make his long-awaited team debut. The winger is slated to skate on the fourth line with Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

When asked if Connolly (finger) will play Thursday against Detroit, coach Claude Julien said "we'll see."

Connolly's status for the contest probably won't be clarified until pre-game warmups, though if he does suit up, he'll likely debut on the B's fourth line, making him a speculative fantasy play in such a scenario.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe suggests that there's a good chance that Connolly (finger) will suit up Thursday against the Red Wings.

"I feel good enough to go," Connolly indicated. "I don't really think the finger can get worse. I think I'm pretty much ready to go." Look for added info on the winger's status to arrive following the Bruins' morning skate, but based on Wednesday's practice, if Connolly does join the B's lineup Thursday, he'd likely work on the team's fourth line.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Connolly (finger) -- who absorbed contact at practice Wednesday -- hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's game against Detroit.

Per csnne.com, Connolly saw some work with the B's fourth line during Wednesday's practice and even if the winger doesn't play Thursday, his return to action doesn't seem far off at this stage. Prior to injuring his finger back on March 4, Connolly recorded 12 goals and 15 points in 50 games for the Lighting.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Connolly (finger) took part in contact drills at end of Wednesday's practice, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.

Absorbing contact represents further progress for Connolly, who suffered a broken right index finger back on March 4. The Bruins have five more regular season games on tap and it now looks like there's a solid chance we'll see Connolly in the lineup before the team's slate concludes.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Connolly (finger) skated during the Bruins' pregame warmups Tuesday, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.

While Connolly won't make his team debut in Tuesday's tilt with the Panthers, his participation in warmups is further evidence that he's nearly recovered from the broken finger. He could start seeing increased contact work and upcoming practices before getting cleared for the Bruins' final few games of the regular season.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

According to coach Claude Julien, Connolly (finger) is "getting closer" to a return to action.

Connolly has been able to skate with the B's, so once he gets the green light from the team's doctors, the forward's return will largely hinge on his comfort level while shooting, as well as battling for pucks.

Brett Connolly RW BOS 3 months ago

Connolly (finger) took part in line rushes during Friday's practice.

Connolly alternated in and out with David Pastrnak as the right wing on the Bruins' second pairing. The fact that he didn't have a spot to himself suggests that Connolly probably won't be an option over the next couple of games for the Bruins, but the team isn't closing the door on the forward joining the lineup before season's end. Connolly's progress will remain under evaluation over the next couple of days before the Bruins reach a possible target date for his return.