Rich Peverley is close to returning to the Bruins, which seems like it should be a good thing for the Bruins. However, with the one healthy body returning to the lineup, that means another one will have to head to the bench to make room.
With the team playing better as of late, Claude Julien will have a tough decision to make when attempting to figure out which forward will be the odd man out for Peverley's sake.
The Bruins are such a balanced team, there isn't a huge disparity among the forwards recently in the lineup. While Jordan Caron is the youngest of the group and might have been the logical choice to give way to the veteran Peverley, that was before a hot stretch in which he might have been the Bruins' best player.
Similarly, Chris Kelly, Benoit Pouliot, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton have all stepped up their play in recent games. There is no shortage of talented players already in the Bruins forward lines, but Peverley's welcome return from injury will unfortunately have to bump one of them to a lesser role.
Whatever the outcome, you can be sure it won't come easily to Coach Julien.