The Bruins returned defenseman David Warsofsky to Providence Tuesday, according to the AHL transactions page.

Warsofsky practiced with the Bruins Tuesday for the first time since suffering a groin strain on Nov. 6. He had been up with the NHL club playing in place of the then-injured Torey Krug.

The Bruins returned defenseman David Warsofsky to Providence Tuesday, according to the AHL transactions page.

Warsofsky practiced with the Bruins Tuesday for the first time since suffering a groin strain on Nov. 6. He had been up with the NHL club playing in place of the then-injured Torey Krug.

The Bruins, who have suffered multiple injuries on their defense this season, could see the return of Zdeno Chara to the lineup as soon as Thursday.

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DJ Bean

Zdeno Chara makes the Bruins better, but they've struggled both with him and without him.</p>
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Both Zdeno Chara and David Krejci practiced Tuesday as the Bruins returned to TD Garden.

Both Zdeno Chara and David Krejci practiced Tuesday as the Bruins returned to TD Garden. Chara could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against the Blackhawks, while Claude Julien said Krejci is still a bit behind.

Simon Gagne is on a personal leave of absence, Claude Julien said. Gagne was not at practice, with Julien saying the Bruins ‘€œdon’€™t know’€ how long Gagne’€™s leave will be. Gagne’€™s skates and belongings were still in his stall during media availability following practice.

Carl Soderberg and Daniel Paille were also absent from practice, while David Warsofsky practiced with the team for the first time since suffering a groin strain last month. According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, Adam McQuaid skated prior to practice.

With so many players on offense missing, Loui Eriksson skated on Krejci’€™s line. Julien said afterwards that Eriksson’€™s placement in practice was strictly because of the lack of forwards.

‘€œI had to just throw guys together because we were short today,’€ Julien said.

The lines and defensive pairings were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Eriksson
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Bottom-six: Campbell, Fraser, Kelly, Griffith

Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Miller
Krug – Trotman
Warsofsky, Bartkowski, Morrow

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DJ Bean

Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters Monday at the Board of Governors meeting that the NHL‘€™s salary cap is expected to be around $73 million next season, assuming the Canadian dollar stays the same.

Carl Soderberg

Carl Soderberg

Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters Monday at the Board of Governors meeting that the NHL‘€™s salary cap is expected to be around $73 million next season, assuming the Canadian dollar stays the same.

Such a cap ceiling would provide a $4 million bump from what it currently is and, while still not great for the Bruins, would be helpful as they try to keep their roster together.

The B’€™s currently have $49,897,857 committed against the cap to 10 players (excluding Marc Savard) for next season. Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith will all be due raises from what they currently make. Soderberg, who currently commands a $1.008 million cap hit, will likely hit free agency as the top available center should he not re-up with the Bruins before then.

Agent J.P. Barry, who represents both Hamilton and Soderberg, told WEEI.com last month that he and the B’€™s were waiting for clarity regarding the salary cap before beginning serious negotiations.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins returned right wing David Pastrnak to Providence Sunday, according to the AHL transactions page.

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

The Bruins returned right wing David Pastrnak to Providence Sunday, according to the AHL transactions page.

Pastrnak has played five games in the NHL this season, registering an assist and posting an even rating. He played mostly on a line with Patrice Bergeron in addition to receiving power play time.

The 18-year-old can play four more NHL games without burning off the first year of his three-year entry level contract. The contract slides to retain it€™s three years should he play less than 10 NHL games, so it’s possible the Bruins could be considering the salary cap payoff of not playing him this season.

Should the B’€™s hold off on starting the three-year clock this season, they will in theory get better return on a low cap hit ($925,000) at the end of the deal. If the deal were to begin this season, Pastrnak would be 20 years old at at the end of it. If it begins next year, a more developed Pastrnak would be 21 years old and still be playing on his first contract. The Bruins waited a year on the nearly NHL-ready Dougie Hamilton in the 2011-12 season.

In 17 games for Providence this season, Pastrnak has five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. He was named the league’€™s top rookie for the month of October.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins concluded their four-game West Coast road trip with 5-2 win over the Coyotes Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.