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Johnny Boychuk Joins Informal Practice

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

WILMINGTON, MA - A group of Bruins and Providence Bruins was back on the ice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday morning for informal practice.

Johnny Boychuk was the latest veteran to return to Boston and join in the skate. Forwards Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad were also newcomers, in addition to Providence Bruins' defenseman Frankie Simonelli (signed to an AHL deal).

Milan Lucic skated on his own prior to the practice. He's coming off surgery on his left wrist in the offseason. He has yet to take part in a full skate with the group, but has been on the ice, stickhandling, passing and shooting.

Monday's full group included forwards Caron, Lindblad, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Justin Florek, Bobby Robins, Alex Fallstrom, David Pastrnak and Brian Ferlin, along Cory Kane, who is signed to an AHL deal.

The blueliners included Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid, David Warsofsky, Zach Trotman, Simonelli and Steve Eminger, who was signed to an AHL deal on Friday and will be at the Bruins' training camp.

Adam Morrison was the lone goalie at the skate. Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron were in New York City taking part in the NHL's Media Day.

Morrison, Lindblad, Pastrnak, Fallstrom, Ferlin, Kane and Simonelli will all be participating in the Bruins' rookie camp, which is drawing closer, with the first practice scheduled for this Thursday, September 11.

Lindblad and Simonelli made a 16-hour drive from the Chicago area straight through to Boston, arriving late Sunday night, before turning around to attend the informal skate on Monday morning. Lindblad was one of the final cuts at training camp last season. He got stronger this summer, while spending most of his time training in Chicago, and also working out with a group in Connecticut at Prentiss Hockey that included Torey Krug. The forward no doubt has his sights set on trying to make the big club for 2014-15.

Training camp officially opens on September 18.

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