WILMINGTON, MA — With just a few days remaining until 2014 Training Camp officially opens, the Bruins were able to squeeze in one last informal practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Monday’s session marked the final on-ice session of the offseason, and with the vast majority of players back in town for the start of camp, the players were split into two sessions. The bulk of last year’s roster players skated in the first session at 10 a.m., while many of the Providence hopefuls took the ice for the second session at 11 a.m.
Defenseman Kevan Miller was the lone new arrival for informal practices and was one of the first players out on the ice (behind Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron and David Krejci). He spoke after the skate and said his offseason training went well and he’s excited to be back for camp. When asked about the competition that will naturally develop as a result of the fact that the B's expect to have nine NHL-ready defensemen at camp and only seven spots, Miller said he is looking forward to the healthy competition.
Forward Milan Lucic also addressed the local media following Monday’s skate for the first time since last season’s breakup day. Lucic spent the offseason recovering from a wrist injury sustained during the team’s playoff run, and though he spent 12 weeks with his wrist in a cast, Lucic said his recovery is going well.
Though he is not quite at 100 percent, Lucic said that he “turned a corner” in the last couple of weeks and that he expects to continue progressing throughout training camp. The most important thing, he said, is to proceed with caution and avoid a setback. Check in on BostonBruins.com throughout the day for more from Lucic on his recovery and his expectations for the 2014-15 season.
D-man Matt Bartkowski, who skated for the first time last Friday, was the final player to address the media. He said that his outlook heading into this season is positive and that he is thrilled to be back with the Bruins after re-signing as a restricted free agent over the summer.
The first session featured line rushes, drills and some light scrimmaging. During a drill toward the end of practice, Bergeron and Loui Eriksson took on Tuukka Rask, and Eriksson had a very spirited reaction when Bergeron beat Rask five-hole.
With informal on-ice sessions wrapped up, the roster players will participate in the annual Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament on Tuesday before off-ice testing begins on Thursday at TD Garden. On-ice training camp at Ristuccia will kick off later in the week.
You can find the first session roster rundown below.
Monday’s Informal Practice: First Session
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Jordan Caron, Matt Fraser, Daniel Paille, Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, Carl Soderberg, Ville Leino, Chris Kelly, Simon Gagne
Defensemen: Dougie Hamilton, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Bartkowski, Kevan Miller, Adam McQuaid
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg, Jeremy Smith