WILMINGTON, Mass. — When you’re a champion, seemingly everyone wants a piece of you.
The members of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup champion Bruins found that out over a whirlwind summer that included celebration and even some controversy.
Here’s a link to my Boston Herald story on Milan Lucic and how he learned about the piercing media glare that accompanies winning it all. Since the Herald took it from the sports section and put it in the news section, the parts about hockey got left out.
Lucic admitted that after playing in the Black and White scrimmage Tuesday, it became apparent to him that he’s not where he needs to be in terms of conditioning and his game. But he’s confident he’ll turn things around soon.
“It’s good to kind of see where you’re at, all that type of stuff,” he told me after practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. “For myself personally, definitely, I’ve got to keep pushing, keep working hard to get yourself back to where you want to be. From what I felt [Tuesday] night, I’m definitely not where you want to be at this point. But like I said [earlier this week], you’ve just got to push yourself and push through it and keep working to regain your game. And hopefully as camp comes along it keeps coming back and all that type of stuff.”
Lucic said he’s usually a “slow starter” when it comes to camp, and that’s why he’s not too concerned. He’s also coming off offseason nose surgery and playing through a healing big toe injury.
Exhibition games against other teams might also help him get back in the flow.
“You get more of a feel. Even though [Tuesday] was competitive as it was, you’re still not going out there and hitting guys like they were your opponent,” he said. “So hopefully things will take a turn for the best here moving forward, and I think that’s the main thing, just start feeling positive and more confident as time goes along.”