Boston, MA --
One of the Boston Bruins fan favorites, forward Milan Lucic
, said today at training camp that he is hoping make an earlier impression than usual this season.
Lucic admitted that being back on the ice everyday and getting accustomed to the speed and intensity is tough even for veteran players.
“I think the first week is pretty much a grind," said Lucic. "You’re trying to get your legs back and you’re trying to get through the stiffness and soreness of being on the ice every day and practicing and working hard."
“I’d say maybe a week or two weeks,” he said when asked about how long it takes to get back up to speed for the season.
Milan said he has always had problems coming fast out of the gates after the summer break.
“For me, I’ve never really been a pre-season player," he said. "As I recall, I’ve never scored a pre-season goal.
"For me it takes a little bit longer [to get back to normal].
“But maybe this year…I’m looking forward to it,” he said with a smile on his face.
Starting his fourth year with head Coach Claude Julien, Milan knows what to expect at training camp.
“No, not for me,” he said of if there are any new systems in place this year.
“With Doug Jarvis coming in, obviously he’s got a lot of knowledge in the game, and he’s a guy that can help us out," added Lucic. “We touched up on our defensive zone yesterday and a bit of back check today and get our game sharp."
Lucic and the rest of the Black & Gold will have to get back up to speed quickly, with preseason fast approaching. The B’s face the Canadiens in Montreal Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. ---Taylor Walker