Torey Krug suffered a broken left ankle in Game 4 of the Bruins 2nd round series loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 27-year-old spent the summer in a walking boot, but is finally nearing a return to full strength. On Monday, Krug skated alongside his teammates at Training Camp pres. By AT&T for the first time since his injury.
"It was good" said Krug of the session. "Just get the timing back and participate in some drills and just be out there with the guys, it was a lot of fun. Good, it felt good. It's kind of the same as a last week. Just stay on the course of our plan and our schedule and just kind of do the same thing. I'll probably do this for another day or so. Probably take it day-by-day and see how I feel.
Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco discussed the progress Krug has made recently, in addition to Noel Acciari who is also nearing a return.
"It was good to see them get out there and participate in some of the drills with the guys out there," said Sacco. "Again, their timeline hasn't changed, but it's good to see them participating in some non-contact drills. Hopefully they keep progressing the way they have."
Krug discussed his recovery process over summer, which required the defenseman to exercise a lot of patience.
"Just time," said Krug of his recovery. "I can't rush time and being in a walking boot with crutches and stuff took up most of my summer. I was in a boot probably a few more weeks than I expected. You just can't rush time, and once you do get out you just kind of hit the ground running and make sure you're taking care of everything, so you don't get other injuries."
Video: Krug speaks after rejoining full group
Acciari Nears Full Strength
Rhode Island native Acciari has been skating with Krug for the past week, and he is close to a clean bill of health after having offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.
"It's night and day of how I felt last year and how I feel now," said Acciari. "So I'm excited for the season and getting back with these guys. Jumping in that practice a for little bit felt really good and getting ready for games."
Acciari played through the injury for the majority of the season.
"Probably December until the end of the year, early December," said Acciari of when he was originally injured. "I was able to battle through it and help out the team as best I can. I'm hoping this year to stay healthy and play in as many games I can and help out the team the way I know I can."
The 26-year-old noted the difficulties of playing through the injury and he credited the training staff with helping him battle through.
"It was tough just trying to get going at times like from a standstill," said Accciari. "I tried not to think too much about it during the game. The training staff did a great job with me in trying to get me ready for every game as best as I could be ready. We did what we had to to get through, and it was good to get it fixed at the end of the year… I'm on track right now for maybe a game in preseason. I'll definitely be ready for the start of the season."
From Youth Hockey to the NHL
Chris Wagner signed a deal to join the Boston Bruins this offseason, and the Walpole native has been pegged to possibly play fourth line minutes alongside Acciari.
Acciari and Wagner are familiar with one another, having played youth hockey together.
"Growing up I played for the South Shore Kings probably from about the age of 8 or 9 to about 13, 14," said Acciari. "It was at one-point Kevin Hayes, myself and Chris on a line for a while. We were younger then. Hitting was just being incorporated into the game but similar game types too, even back then."
Video: Acciari discusses readiness for game action
Their playing style has translated over the years, and their role with the Bruins may even have some similarities to their role on the South Shore Kings.
"I think we play a similar game style," said Acciari. "Just kind of get the puck in, bang a body and get pucks to the net. Not much difference there, so I think we'd feed off each other."
Sacco agrees that the two of them can bring a physical element to the lineup.
"Certainly physicality," said Sacco of the two of them. "If you look at those two players, the way they play, in your face, finish their checks, be hard on the other team's defensemen, getting in there, making them uncomfortable when they're going back for pucks. Just being those types of players, hard to play against.
"Noel's already done that here, and Wagner's done that wherever he's been before, the teams that he's been on, so I wouldn't expect that to change. The penalty kill, both those guys are going to have to kill for us. Certainly they'll be thrown in a situation where they'll get an opportunity to kill penalties for us too."
Video: Sacco provides injury updates