WILMINGTON, MA - We've reached the point during Captain's Practices, when you never know who will be next to walk out the players' locker room door at Ristuccia Arena and take to the ice.
On Tuesday, blueliners Johnny Boychuk and Torey Krug were the latest players in Black & Gold to join in the informal skates. New winger Matt Fraser, (acquired in the trade with Dallas in July) wearing No. 25 on the back of his helmet, donned the spoked-B for the first time, and goalie Niklas Svedberg joined Tuukka Rask between the pipes for the roughly hour-long session.
Brad Marchand and Carl Soderberg made their returns to the ice in Wilmington on Monday, along with new 'B' Loui Eriksson.
Here's the roll call of 20 players (11 forwards, seven defensemen, two goaltenders) who took part in the skate…
As the group grows larger every day, the practices start to ramp up to more game-like situations, though the players would tell you they still have a ways to go before game action (pretty much in line with their consistent "never satisfied" approach).
Following passing, shooting and flow drills, the group - split into nine players in the white jerseys and nine in black - played a 4-on-4 scrimmage for close to a half hour. While the goalies get some breaks in action and aren't getting peppered with pucks, it still resembles game action and helps get their timing down and their legs back under them.
For those wondering who Eriksson and Iginla are playing with during the skates, the players rotate through who they're playing with pretty frequently. Though, during 4-on-4, Marchand and Iginla took a few shifts.
We'll all have to wait until training camp (which kicks off next Wednesday on September 11) to get our first look at line combinations from Head Coach Claude Julien.
But it's very apparent that the new teammates are getting along easily with the group. And Rask didn't see any reason why the atmosphere around the room would change too drastically.
"The core group is still here - seeing these guys coming here, they seem like nice guys," said Rask, as he spoke to media after the practice wrapped. The netminder added that they're fitting in just fine, and it's great for them to be here early and get more comfortable before the season.
Eriksson joined Rask in speaking with the media, so stay tuned for more coverage from the day on BostonBruins.com, the mobile app and check out todays' Bruins Beat video for the interviews.
Also, it's one month until the season opener at TD Garden on October 3…