WILMINGTON, Mass. — As I write this, the Boston Bruins just finished scrimmaging for about a half hour.
Everyone is on the ice, except for left winger Mark Recchi. So P.J. Axelsson has moved up to play alongside Patrice Bergeron and Chuck Kobasew, and Byron Bitz is skating on the fourth line.
All eight defensemen are on the ice along with both goaltenders. General manager Peter Chiarelli is watching from the stands rather than his normal office perch in the end zone.