As members of the Boston Bruins trickle back to the area for 2009 training camp, The Bruins Blog will provide a catch-up capsule with each player until camp opens.
His is the second-most famous repaired hip in the Boston Bruins dressing room these days, but that doesn’t mean second-year pro Kevin Regan won’t be worth keeping an eye on during the club’s upcoming training camp.
The end of Manny Fernandez’s tenure with the Bruins has provided every goaltender in the organization an opportunity to move up at least one rung on the depth chart. Regan began on his hopeful path toward doing that by skating and taking some shots from a couple players yesterday in Wilmington, Mass.
It was Regan’s third time on the ice since last spring’s hip surgery and he’s planning on being 100 percent ready to go when training camp opens Sept. 12. He said that what the doctor’s repaired is fine, now it’s just a matter of building up strength around the area and working his endurance back to where it needs to be.
Offseason tidbit: Most of Regan’s summer was spent in physical therapy, but he did get a chance to take a brief vacation in Washington, D.C.
Position battle: The addition of Dany Sabourin via free agency did more than impact Tuukka Rask’s ascent to the backup job in Boston. If Sabourin loses out in his bid to be the Bruins’ No. 2, or Rask gets sent back to Providence (AHL), Regan will be fighting with Matt Dalton and Adam Courchaine to be the backup for the P-Bruins.
Projection: Regan will probably have to go slow early in camp and that could hurt his chances of earning even one of the two spots with Providence. Boston’s new affiliation with Reading of the ECHL could come in handy for Regan. The best-case scenario for the South Boston native would be for Rask to stay in the NHL and Sabourin to get claimed on waivers. It’s more likely, however, that playing time will be tough to come by in Providence.