BOSTON, Mass. -- Day one of Bruins training camp kicked off Friday morning at TD Garden and while the B’s prospects skated the veterans reported for fitness testing and an optional skate. But all of the Bruins are beginning to refocus from an eventful summer and look to defend their NHL title.
“I think you enjoy your time off, let your body rest,” said forward Rich Peverley. “But once the workouts start, I start thinking about next year and about what I need to do to improve.”
Peverley was traded to the B’s last season in a deal with the Atlanta Thrashers and is excited for his first camp in Boston.
“I’m glad I was here halfway through the season last year to get my feet wet and be comfortable right now,” said Peverely.
No longer a new face, the B’s Tyler Seguin felt he had a good off-season, but this summer was Seguin’s first experience balancing rest and workouts over an extended period of time.
“I don’t really know how to handle an offseason yet, because it was my first,” said Seguin. “Going all the way, it was hard to judge what your body really needs, but I still took some rest off and I feel good.”
“I have seen what it takes from on the ice and up top to go all the way,” said Seguin when asked about having a year under his belt.
Seguin looks to improve off of a solid rookie season where he played in 74 games and tallied 22 points.
“I want to do that every year and think I have the experience to do so,” he said.
Center David Krejci also spoke after Friday’s session and said he is eager to turn the page and compete for the Cup once again.
“What happened has passed and we have to create new memories and hopefully accomplish the same goal as we did last year,” said Krejci.
With a new contract in hand, forward Brad Marchand is also excited to put back on a Black & Gold uniform, and said he tried to stay as active as possible over the summer.
“I took two weeks off since the day we won and then spent the rest of the summer getting ready for camp,” he said.
The B’s forward is glad to have his contract negotiations out of the way and hopes he can bring the same energy he did last year.
The 23 year-old forward is zoned in on being a catalyst for this offense, but Marchand is also focused on improving his play, regardless of statistics.
“You always want to get better. You don’t want to come in and be satisfied from the previous year," he said. "I don’t have any numbers [to predict]; I just want to continue to get better at my overall game.”
Although the Bruins have a lot to live up to this season, the sophomore wing has no doubts about the team’s motivation.
“I think it’s going to make us want it even more now that we’ve been there; we know what it’s like and we know how great it feels,” said Marchand.