The Boston Bruins might be getting an early gift ahead of the holidays.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned to the ice Monday, skating in public for the first time since he suffered a PCL tear in his left knee during an Oct. 23 game against the New York Islanders. That could mean Chara’s return to game action is right around the corner.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli went on 98.5 The Sports Hub during intermission of the Bruins’ Monday night game with the Pittsburgh Penguins and said he’s hopeful Chara can return in 10 to 14 days.

“Usually, when they start skating, it’s at the earliest at 10 days (and) at the latest two weeks when he’s been out that long,” Chiarelli said. “I haven’t been given a timetable. We just have to see how he progresses from day to day. But I think you can probably say 10 days to two weeks.”

Chiarelli said on NESN over the weekend that Chara also has started to do some running.

The Bruins have gone 9-4-1 in Chara’s absence.

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