A side effect of defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith’s decision to return to the Bruins on one-year deals rather than continue to sit out without contracts is that the Bruins’ power play can start to come together in closer resemblance to the units that finished third in the league in efficiency in 2013-14.
Bruins restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith officially signed one-year deals worth a cap charge of $1.4 million on Monday after missing the first 11 days of training camp.
The Bruins cut 11 players Sunday, which means the opening night roster is really coming together.
WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Milan Lucic practiced Friday with the second group of players at Ristuccia Arena.
That means he won’t be playing in the preseason game against the Washington Capitals down in D.C.
With just one preseason performance, Bruins center Ryan Spooner became the new poster child for those who advance myths about the team’s philosophy.
In a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Spooner scored one goal and was on the ice for a goal against. After the loss, Bruins coach Claude Julien commended Spooner for his offensive exploits but also referred to the 22-year-old pivot as a “liability defensively.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien has said numerous times over the course of the first few days of training camp that he’s not going to make any concrete judgments on players based on practice.
Julien believes the best representation of most guys is what they do in the preseason games.
Craig Cunningham was among the Bruins’ prospects who saw the team’s roster shaping up over the summer and realized there would be jobs open in training camp for the first time in several years.
WILMINGTON — Bruins 2014 first-round draft pick David Pastrnak remained off the ice Monday while the Bruins went through two training camp practices.
PROVIDENCE — One of the perks of being a defenseman on the Bruins is that you rarely have to go up against monstrous defenseman Zdeno Chara in a game or practice.
However, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg found himself on the business end of a Chara hit Sunday night near the end of the first period during the Bruins’ Black and Gold scrimmage at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
WILMINGTON – The names and faces rarely change around the Bruins with general manager Peter Chiarelli subscribing to the same philosophy as most successful GMs in the league by committing to both a consistent core and even supporting cast year to year.
So while some NHL training camps involve a getting-to-know-you period among players, most of the current Bruins are old buddies.
WILMINGTON — Bruins first-round pick David Pastrnak was injured in a collision early in the first practice session Saturday at Ristuccia Arena.
The forward left the ice and did not return.
WILMINGTON – Bruins center Chris Kelly tried Friday to downplay the accomplishment of getting through his first official practice with the team since offseason back surgery on the first day of training camp.
But he really couldn’t conceal the fact that it felt great to be back in action with contact at Ristuccia Arena.
WILMINGTON — Separated from usual center David Krejci and still working his way back from offseason wrist surgery, Bruins forward Milan Lucic didn’t look any worse for wear during the Bruins’ first official practice of training camp at Ristuccia Arena on Friday.
WILMINGTON — First up on the “replace Reilly Smith” game show Friday at Ristuccia Arena was prospect Seth Griffith.
During the Bruins’ first on-ice practice of training camp, Griffth skated on a line with center Patrice Bergeron and left winger Brad Marchand.
When they were under contract during the 2013-14 season, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith were lauded by management and the coaching staff as two important cogs that were going to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.
That plan came up two rounds and nine wins short last spring.