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Murray Means Business

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, Mass. -- On Wednesday, Boston Bruins forward Glen Murray joined many of his teammates at Ristuccia Memorial Arena for the first time since last spring.

The B's assistant captain, who resides in California during the off season, looked tanned, rested and fully recovered from an injury that ended his 2006-07 prematurely and easily handled all of the drills he encountered in what was, to date, the Black & Gold's longest pre-preseason skate.

"I feel great," said Murray, who added that he could have played in the last postseason had his team qualified.

Asked whether he was surprised to be back in Wilmington for another Bruins training camp, when rumors heard throughout the summer had him landing in various spots, Murray stated that he never worried about it.

"Nope, not really," he said. "People tell me all this stuff, but that's part of hockey, you know?

"You need to concentrate on going out and playing.

"I really don't pay attention to that stuff," he said.

Boston Bruins' Phil Kessel (81), Marc Savard, center, and Glen Murray celebrate Murray's third-period goal during the Bruins' 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, March 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Murray, a Bruins veteran, obviously paid attention to the club's workout regimen while on the West Coast and looked more than ready to get back into the TD Banknorth Garden and help rectify the aforementioned playoff DNQ.

"Last year's forgotten," he said emphatically. "We're ready to go.

"You know it doesn't take long (either).

"I think we have four days of camp and then we have our first preseason game. So, we'll get everyone in here and get started," he said.

Pretty much everyone is in "here" as most of the Bruins have made the trek to Massachusetts much earlier than necessary. And with more players expected to arrive on Thursday, the B's are on track to have their skate legs intact when new head coach Claude Julien begins his first Boston camp in earnest next week.

"We have a few new faces," said Glen looking around the locker room. "We have a new coaching staff and we want to get familiar with them and the system they want us to play.

"Basically everyone (needs) to get on the same page."

The look on Glen's face seemed to indicate, however, that beyond turning a page on last season, a new chapter has already begun for New England's NHL entry.

"Our goal is to win The Cup," said Murray. "But we have to be realistic and (remember) that we have a long way to go.

"It's a long year and that's our goal, but our (first) goal is to get into the playoffs and go from there."

Unlike last year, when the turnover on the club was nearly total, this coming season brings a lot of B's back. New or old, however, there is no doubt that the playoffs are they only acceptable outcome -- at least from Murray's point of view.

"We have a lot to prove on this team and everyone in this room has a lot to prove," he said. "We have to come together somehow and get into the playoffs.

"Let's get in there and see what we can do."

Murray has already planned his own contribution to that playoff push -- staying healthy.

The chemistry between he and Marc Savard was apparent last season, and for much of Wednesday's practice they were inseparable in the offensive zone. Coupled with the health of last year's line partner P.J. Axelsson, Murray's return to the lineup will have an immediate impact.

"I just want to stay healthy and help the team as much as I can," said Murray. "I (want) to stay in the lineup.

The veteran forward quickly changed the focus from one player to the whole group, and reminded those people listening that for the Bruins to make any movement up the playoff standings, the entire team must come together.

"It's a team thing here," stated Murray. "You set your personal goals aside and you keep them to yourself.

"We're about a team and everything is about the team," he said.

The Bruins are expected to continue their warm-ups Thursday.
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