BOSTON — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, some four months removed from surgery to repair his hip labrum, hasn’t missed any practice time since training camp opened over the weekend.

But today he didn’t play in the Black and White scrimmage. After the game, head coach Claude Julien explained why:

“It’s something we said right from the get-go we’d monitor as far as he’s had that surgery and we have to take our time bringing him in. He’s practicing. He was on the ice for the first half hour. We’re just brining him in slowly. There’s no issues. If anything, Timmy’s actually maybe ahead of schedule right now. We want to make sure that doesn’t change.”