BOSTON - While the second day of training camp on-ice sessions took place on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena, the biggest piece of news happened off the ice.
General Manager Don Sweeney announced that forward Frank Vatrano will not be taking part in camp.
Vatrano tore ligaments in his left foot while training, prior to the Bruins' off-ice testing, and will undergo surgery on Monday, Sept. 26. His expected recovery time is three months.
"We took a couple days to make sure he had a proper evaluation," Sweeney said Saturday. "He saw a specialist [on Friday]. He's scheduled for surgery Monday, and likely he will be out for three months."
After his first pro season with Boston in 2015-16, Vatrano had his sights on solidifying a more consistent role with the big club.
The forward led the AHL in scoring last season, averaging a goal per game with 36 goals in 36 games. The 22-year-old also recorded eight goals and three assists for 11 points in 39 games with Boston in 2015-16.
"Well, obviously, it's a blow," said Sweeney. "Frankie looks at his opportunity, we all did - how that was going to play out remains to be seen. But, he certainly was going to be put in a position to try and grab a hold of it, so he's disappointed and we are as well."
"You look at it as all injuries are: as a setback. But, doctors feel very good that three months from now, he'll be returning to play and hopefully moving forward."Video: Sweeney on Frank Vatrano's injury, Rask on return
Krejci Feeling Strong
For the second straight day, David Krejci participated in a full training camp practice, as did defenseman Torey Krug. Both are coming back from offseason surgeries. Sweeney had said at the outset of camp that they would be placed in modified contact situations.
Krejci took part in the 3-on-3 drills towards the end of practice. While he isn't taking part in full contact, the counterman wasn't too worried about the few nudges he did receive.
"Sometimes you get some bumps and you don't really want to, but I'm glad I did, because it felt pretty good afterwards," said Krejci. "So just another step closer and practices are fun, but looking forward to playing some games."
He doesn't have a targeted game in mind, but certainly wants to get some reps before the season.
"I want to feel really smooth and 100 percent on the ice before I step into a real game," he said.
"I don't really feel smooth out there yet. Really close, feels better every day, but I'm just waiting for that one practice that it's going to be smooth. A couple more practices and hop into some games."
Rask is Back
With David Pastrnak returning from the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto on Friday, Tuukka Rask made his return to the rink on Saturday after representing Finland.
"It was great," said Rask. It was a quick tournament - right off the start, you kind of realize you have to win every game or get points out of every game in order to advance and we had a terrible start. Next thing you know, you're home. It was a great experience, the two-week camp and the week tournament. It was a lot of fun. A lot of fun to play hockey and to play at a high level right off the bat."
"Obviously the results weren't there, but I felt good playing and it had been a while since my last competitive game. So, it was good to get a good start and feel good about my game."
While Rask did not skate with the Bruins on Saturday at camp, he's eyeing Monday as a possible day to join the group.
"I've been skating really hard for the past five weeks or so," said Rask. "I don't know if it's an advantage, but it's definitely good that you feel confident and great out there and you get some really high-quality games under your belt, too. That's not going to hurt. So, glad to be back here and get started."
Senyshyn Taking It All In
Zach Senyshyn could have been deterred by missing both development this summer (due to mono) and rookie camp (due to an appendectomy), but he's not letting those situations hinder his progress.
So far, Senyshyn has participated in both days of main camp.
"It was definitely a lot of fun, and obviously everything that happened was a little disappointing to miss rookie camp, but definitely good to be here for main camp," said Senyshyn, who was drafted 15th overall by Boston ins 2015. "It's really kind of raised my spirits a little bit and being able to put on that Spoked-B has been awesome."
Despite the setbacks, his expectations for himself have not changed.
"I think I recovered really well and I'm getting really close to 100 percent," he said. "I thought maybe I might have to recover a bit longer, but I feel great and I'm still driven to potentially make this team."
While Senyshyn had the chance to skate alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron at last year's camp, he's getting an opportunity to skate with Krejci to start this year's camp.
"It's definitely been a treat for sure. He's one of the best players in the world," said Senyshyn. "It's awesome to learn from him and talk with him on the ice."
Sept. 24 - Group B Lines and Defense Pairings
Danton Heinen - David Krejci - Zach Senyshyn
Jake DeBrusk - Austin Czarnik - Jimmy Hayes
Colton Hargrove - Noel Acciari - Seth Griffith
Anton Blidh /A.J. White - Sean Kuraly - Tyler Randell
Jakub Zboril - Kevan Miller
Tommy Cross - Colin Miller
Jeremy Lauzon - Rob O'Gara
Linus Arnesson - Alex Grant
Goalies: Malcolm Subban, Dan Vladar
Sept. 24 - Group A Lines and Defense Pairings
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Spooner - Peter Mueller
Peter Cehlarik - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash
Jesse Gabrielle - Tim Schaller - Brian Ferlin
Mark Naclerio - Colby Cave - Justin Hickman
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles - Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow - Chris Casto
Alex Roach - Torey Krug
Goalies: Anton Khudobin, Zane McIntyre
Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 25 - Warrior Ice Arena (90 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135)
-Doors open to public, 10:15 a.m.
-Practice, Group B, 10:45 a.m.
-Practice, Group A, 12:45 p.m.
Boston Bruins Training Camp is presented by AT&T.