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28 Bruins Remain. One Bruin Returns.

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
And then there were 28...

Defensemen Bobby Allen and Andrew Alberts were the first players to hit the ice this morning at approximately 10:45 a.m. But certainly everyone who hit the ice on Tuesday breathed at least a little sigh of relief following an evening and morning where three players departed, with Mark Mowers being traded and Martins Karsums and Tuukka Rask being assigned to Providence.

A heightened buzz was in the building with media day, so the absence of a few more faces certainly woke everyone up.

On the ice:

White:    Schaefer-Savard-Murray
Gold:      Sturm-Bergeron-Kobasew
Gray:      Axelsson-Krejci-Kessel
Brick:     Lucic-Metropolit-Bochenski
Red:        Reich, Thompson, Hoggan,                                 Nokelainen
Black:     Alberts, Allen, Chara, Ference,
                Hunwick, Stuart, Ward, Wideman
Goal:       Fernandez, Thomas

Missing: Shawn Thornton, Matt Lashoff

All four coaches joined the fray, with Coach Julien taking charge and pointing out directions and yelling instructions -- including a warning to keep their shots low so as to "warm up the goalies" without causing them undue harm early on.

There are only two of them left, after all.

• It was the closest to a "normal" looking practice as we have seen thus far.

• Nice to see everyone on the ice at once so that there is no more of the Team A and Team B stuff to worry about.

• Nice to see Allen taking Milan Lucic under his wing to give him some guidance about a drill the latter had not seen.

• Also nice to see Don DelNegro is still catlike in his movements, as he had to scramble out of the way of a errant puck coming his way...

• The boys went through pretty high paced practice, broken up with several trips to the wipe board and whistles for on-ice corrections.

The media were then "advised" to take part in the complementary buffet before the press conference began and the players arrived -- so it's off to Legends!

I must at least make sure the food is up to snuff for my friends in the media...

Quick update: Charlie Jacobs and Jeremy Jacobs have just named Cam Neely as a Vice President of the Boston Bruins.

Cam will be working with Peter Chiarelli in hockey operations and will also assist Charlie Jacobs with other functions with the club.

"I really got excited about being involved with the Bruins again," said Cam of his time at the Draft. He also said that like many people he was disappointed with the direction the club had taken over the last few years, and at the urging of Charlie and Peter, he felt the time was appropriate.

"The fans of the Bruins expect their teams (to play a certain) take pride in being a Bruin," said Neely. "You may not play well every night, but you can work hard every night."

3:19 p.m.
The official release has not hit the faxes yet, but the beginning reads thusly:

BOSTON, MA- Boston Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs announced today that Bruins legend Cam Neely has joined the front office as Vice President of the Boston Bruins. In this capacity, Neely will advise General Manager Peter Chiarelli on the hockey operations of the Bruins, as well as counsel Jacobs on club matters...

3:44 p.m.
The world is slowing down a little bit, so I will lose the italics. Below you will find Podcasts from Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron about today's media day and Cam returning to the Boston Bruins.

Zdeno Chara

Patrice Bergeron  

Keep it here...

8:08 p.m. Hey folks! Just settled in. I listened to Mr. Neely on WEEI on the way home and boy am I pumped for the season. I also got an interview with Andrew Ference into the proper format for you guys. Click on that conversation, below.

Andrew Ference   

I also caught up with Nate Thompson, who survived yet another round of cuts. We have been talking to him periodically to see how camp has been going. To his credit, Thompson gave us another good interview and some insight into how his world is evolving.

Nate Thompson 

If you want to relive Nate's training camp journey. Click here for an article and all three Podcasts.

Ok. I am going to try and put some busy work to bed. As always, keep it here...

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