BOSTON - When on-ice sessions begin Friday morning for Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T, Torey Krug and David Krejci will be taking part.
"Both are fully good to go, to be integrated into practice doing drills," General Manager Don Sweeney told media on Thursday, when training camp opened at Warrior Ice Arena with off-ice testing.
"We'll call it a modified contact situation that we can control a little bit before they get fully ramped up, and then we'll just monitor their progress and how they're feeling throughout, and game by game as to whether or not they play."
Both of the Bruins underwent surgeries during the offseason. Krejci had surgery on his left hip on April 25, with his expected recovery time estimated at five months. Krug underwent surgery on his right shoulder on April 21, with his recovery time expected to be six months.
They skated in captain's practices the past few weeks, and were officially cleared to participate in main camp by the medical staff during testing on Thursday.
"We're just going to take it day-by-day and see how it goes," said Krug. "Just take the slow approach - we have some time here before the regular season and that's kind of been the main goal the whole time."
Krug is determined to play in the season opener on Oct. 13 in Columbus.
"Absolutely - I've been working for a long time now, and been making sure that's been possible this whole time and I've been in good hands, so the opener seems like a realistic goal," said Krug. "You never know what's going to happen, and we'll see."
Krejci is also approaching his situation "day-by-day," while eyeing the opener.
"Feeling pretty good," said Krejci. "I've been doing more stuff this week and it feels pretty good. Tomorrow [Friday], obviously with the first day of training camp with the other guys, it's going to be a little more intense, so that's going to tell me a lot about where I am."
Krejci's recovery has remained on track. While it was a tough decision to withdraw from the World Cup of Hockey (after being named to the Czech Republic's roster back in March), it was the right one.
"It wasn't fun, it wasn't an easy decision, it was actually really tough, but here we are and I feel really close to 100 percent," said Krejci.
"I'm going to be almost five months pretty soon," he said. "And before the surgery, five months for me was kind of like where I'll be 100 percent, and I feel that I'm close - I'm not there yet, but I'm close."
Question Marks for Camp
With medicals and off-ice testing on Thursday, Sweeney was asked if he encountered any injury surprises.
"No. We've got a couple guys that are going to have some follow-up tests, a couple of guys coming out of the rookie stuff," said Sweeney. "But, nothing too, too surprising. But, a couple things we're monitoring."
Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is questionable to participate in Friday's session.
"Yeah, he has some follow-up as well. He's going to skate early [on Friday] to see how he feels before we definitely put him into one of the two groups going on tomorrow," said Sweeney. "He's one of the guys on the watch list."
Defenseman Linus Arnesson, who suffered an upper body during a rookie camp practice on Sept. 18, is expected to be on the ice Friday. Forward Zach Senyshyn, who missed rookie camp due to his recovery from an appendectomy on Sept. 4, is also expected to participate.
"Both are doing better," said Sweeney. "Linus is going to start to skate [Friday] with the main group and see how he feels, and so is Zach. So, again, a little bit of modified contact for them and we're going to monitor and see how they feel as they go along and hopefully they don't have any setbacks. But they're both doing better."
Plan for World Cup Participants
The semifinals have been set at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, with Canada and Russia facing off on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, and Sweden facing Team Europe on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
That means Head Coach Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara are all continuing on. The Final will be a best-of-three playoff beginning on Sept. 27.
Tuukka Rask (Finland), David Backes (USA) and David Pastrnak (Czech Republic) have been eliminated from the tournament.
"I've been in contact with most of them, but it's to be determined on a couple guys and when they're coming back, when they're flights are coming back," said Sweeney. "We'll give them a little bit of time, depending on how they're feeling and whether or not they have any bumps and bruises as well."
"We've got players that will probably be chomping at the bit to - in David's [Pastrnak] case - to continue to play. And then, you've got David Backes that's integrating into a new team. So, we'll monitor that. We'll probably give them a few days because they've been playing for a little while. Obviously, they're up to full speed."
While the tournament continues, Julien actually utilized Canada's day off on Thursday to fly to Boston and speak with the team before training camp began.
"I'm headed back this afternoon," Julien told reporters on Friday. "I wanted to be here for the opening of camp and make sure we got off on the right foot and then give the players the opening statements of the head coach, and so I was happy I was able to do that."
"Timing was great, allowing me to come here and do that. But, so far, it's been great in Toronto. The whole experience has been good. Anytime you get the elite players together on a single team and you look at all the different teams that were out there."
"It's been great, the experience has been great. It's been a lot of fun. It's also been exciting and a lot more excitement coming."