BOSTON — Here are a couple notes from the official first day of Bruins training camp at TD Garden before I dig into the bigger issues.
•Aside from the major news that Marc Savard is out with post-concussion syndrome, general manager Peter Chiarelli said that center Wyatt Smith will miss a few days due to “an ailment” and center Joe Colborne, who suffered facial injuries in the first rookie game, will participate without contact for a couple days.
•The Bruins made their first cuts, with rookie camp participants Matt Delahey, Joe Pleckaitis and Walker Wintoneak released from the ATOs, and Alain Goulet and Yannick Riendeau relased from NHL camp. Goulet and Riendeau will report to AHL camp with Providence when it opens next week.
•Chiarelli confirmed that David Krejci (wrist) and Tim Thomas (hip) are cleared for camp. Defenseman Andrew Ference (groin) was a third Bruins player who underwent offseason surgery, and he said he feels good.
•No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin, who will start camp as a center in Savard’s absence, played to mixed reviews in the two rookie games. Chiarelli expects an increase in competition to raise the phenom’s level of play.
“Usually that’s what happens with players of that talent and hockey intelligence,” said Chiarelli. “They’re able to play better at a higher speed and they’re able to process stuff at a higher speed with their linemates so they’re going to be playing with better players and they will play better. That’s what I’ve seen historically and that’s what I suspect will happen with Tyler.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien took in the rookie games from the press box.
“It’s pretty obvious this guy has tremendous skill. He can skate at this level,” Julien said. “I got to see him probably even more so in that development camp this summer. There’s going to an adjustment period for him. We’ve got to give him the opportunity also to learn how our team plays, systems-wise and everything else. But you don’t want to take away what’s been his bread and butter – and that’s his natural skill level. He can make things happen.”
•Julien loves his goaltending tandem of Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas.
“I really think we’ve got the best one-two punch in the league,” the coach said.