BostonBruins.com -- Throughout our travels around North America, the #BearTracks crew and I ran into members of the Black & Gold intent on putting last playoff's quick exit in the rearview window.
|Some of the B's are already back in Boston.
As such, they invited our cameras into their gyms, rinks and studios in order to show Bruins fans just how intense they are about their preparations for 2012-13.
We returned home to New England to the same story from the four Bruins who highlighted the Jock lineup at Milan Lucic's "Rock & Jock" softball game on Wednesday.
"I mean I’ve been doing it all summer," said Dennis Seidenberg of his New Jersey-based training. "Its been a program that I’ve done the last few years."
Fellow defenseman Johnny Boychuk gave a similar report.
"Training's going really well," he said. "I’ve been taking power skating…twice a week at least combined with weight training as well."
From the sound of it, Johnny has also been on the ice for much of the summer, but Seidenberg said he had concentrated on off-ice workouts for the majority of the offseason.
"But I’m trying to increase it the next week maybe three times and four or five times the weeks after," said the defenseman, known for his intense training methods. "I like taking time off in the summer.
"Getting away from the ice, getting strong in the areas you kind of can’t develop during the season…and then start towards the season.'
Tuukka Rask, who we last saw at the Jimmy Fund and Fenway Park, said he had a jump on training camp.
"I’ve been skating ever since," said Rask. "It’s been good.
"We had a lot of progress up north in Salem, New Hampshire. We were skating up there for a while and had good skates, tougher than we usually do but we had a lot of guys and only two goalies.
"It was a workout for sure but everything’s been great."
For his part, Lucic just smiled widely when asked about his training and gave the same report as his teammates.
"It’s been great," said the forward. "I’ve definitely kept up with the training and everything.
"I’ve been on the ice…getting the feel for that again and definitely ready to go."
Lucic, the man of the hour in Lowell, said each of the Bruins was motivated by the quick exit via the Washington Capitals.
"The season ended a lot [quicker than] the team wanted," said Lucic. "So, we’re looking forward to getting back to the grind, getting back to the challenge and working our way towards winning another Stanley Cup."
But Boychuk emphasized that getting the boys in black back together will be a big moment.
"Yeah, get back to Boston, get training with the guys," said Johnny on his early return. "You train in the summer time, but when you come together as a team you start training, it pushes you a little bit more."
Asked if he was excited for the new season, Boychuk was quick to answer, "Oh yeah, absolutely..."