Vaakanainen was absent from Tuesday's practice session due to an upper-body injury, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

At this point, it seems unlikely Vaakanainen will be cleared in time to suit up in the Bruins' final preseason tilt versus the Caps on Wednesday and will have to hope he's shown team brass enough to warrant a spot on the 23-man roster. Even if he does earn a spot on the roster, the defenseman figures to be on the fringe's of the lineup and will likely spend significant time in the press box watching as a healthy scratch.

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