BostonBruins.com — When it came down to it, Torey Krug just wanted to get back to work.
The restricted free agent, whose contract expired at the end of last season, missed the first week of this year's training camp as the Bruins attempted to crunch the numbers and get him re-signed, and finally, on Monday, the team announced that it had inked him to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million.
And just a few hours later, Krug was back where he belonged: on the ice at TD Garden, reunited with his teammates once again.
“I think at some point, you just got to get in here and make sure you're prepared for the upcoming season, and it got to be that time,” Krug said on Monday, standing in front of his stall in the B’s dressing room. “And we talked to [General Manager] Pete [Chiarelli] a lot over the past few days and we decided to come to the deal that we reached. We're very happy to be here. I was very excited to walk in the room and see all of the guys, and be back in this great city, so I'm very happy with how things worked out.”
DETROIT — There’s something about Joe Louis Arena that brings out Dougie Hamilton's confidence in himself.
Or maybe that confidence just comes with experience.
Hamilton broke a scoreless tie when he got the Bruins on the board 3 1/2 minutes into the second period of an eventual 3-1 win over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. The 21-year-old defenseman — who tallied three points in two postseason games at the Joe last April — was back at it again on Saturday, carrying the puck across the offensive blue line and powering through two defenders before beating Jonas Gustavsson to put Boston up 1-0.
“I just skated it in, tried to make a play and they didn’t come at me, so just slid it five hole, luckily,” Hamilton said after the game. “Obviously it felt good to score that."
DETROIT — Milan Lucic hasn’t been back on the ice for any sort of game action since May 14 of last season.
That changes on Saturday night in Detroit.
The bruising winger participated in Saturday’s pregame skate, and after receiving a positive evaluation on his surgically-repaired left wrist, he is expected to be in the lineup as the Bruins take on the Red Wings in preseason action at Joe Louis Arena.
“Looks like it,” he said with a big smile when asked if he expects to play on Saturday. “Everything’s progressed really, really well over the last two weeks, especially, and with the group decision, we decided that today would be a good time for me to come back. I’m excited to get into my first game here.”
WASHINGTON — In the end, the result wasn’t what the Bruins would have preferred.
But in the end, that didn’t really matter.
Boston dropped a 5-4 overtime contest at the hands of the Capitals on Friday night in Washington, but the loss wasn’t what resonated with Head Coach Claude Julien.
“I thought it was a good, intense game, and in preseason, if you can manage to get those types of games, it certainly helps your team prepare even better,” he said. “Our guys stuck together well, and it was hit for hit. They were coming after us, we were going after them. I thought it was a real good game, and for a preseason game, I would imagine the fans enjoyed it, too.”
WILMINGTON — At this point, most of the Bruins have at least one preseason game under their belts and are beginning to settle into a groove as training camp continues.
But as David Krejci reiterated on Friday at Ristuccia Arena, right now, it’s not about wins and losses. It’s about getting back into good habits on the heels of the first two preseason games -- a loss at Montreal and a win versus Washington -- and making sure that everyone on the ice is committed to playing a full 60 minutes.
“In Montreal, what happened, happened,” Krejci said. “It’s just an exhibition game. You learn from the mistakes, you try to eliminate those mistakes for the next game and try to be better. So we all feel like we want to prove that we've got way more than we had in Montreal, and it’s another game tonight.”
BostonBruins.com — Every attendee at Boston Bruins training camp is well aware of the situation at hand.
Every attendee knows there are open spots. Every attendee also knows that there are far more hopefuls than there are roster openings.
Last year, Matt Fraser found himself in a similar situation. Back then, he was the new kid, having just arrived via trade from Dallas, and back then, he found himself vying for an open third-line spot that eventually went to Reilly Smith.
This year, Fraser is determined to be the one who is called upon when all is said and done at the end of training camp. And he got off to a good start during his first official preseason game on Wednesday night, a 3-2 loss at Montreal.
BostonBruins.com — In May, it may have seemed like the Bruins were in for a long summer.
Yet here we are, four months later, and it feels like just yesterday that the players were cleaning out their locker stalls at TD Garden.
Of course, the B’s still would have preferred that their summers started a little later.
“It’s never a good thing [to have a long summer], but that being said, when it’s there, you have to make the most of it and try to make sure you’re all rested up and you feel good and you’re ready for a big year,” said Patrice Bergeron before the Bruins teed off on Tuesday at the 11th Annual Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament in Bolton, Mass. “So we’ve had the time this year to do that and to regroup, but it’s always better to have less time and move forward in the playoffs.”
BOLTON, MA — Throughout the course of his tenure at the helm of the Boston Bruins, Claude Julien has learned that there are some things he can control, and there are some things that are out of his hands.
And as he heads into this year’s training camp with some uncertainty surrounding his roster, he is keeping that in mind.
“You just got to move on,” Julien said, speaking for the first time this season at the 11th Annual Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament in Bolton, Mass. “There can’t be a distraction. Whether it is or not, we’ll just have to deal with it. It’s out of our control.”
BOLTON, MA — The weather wasn’t ideal, but there was still reason to celebrate: The 11th Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament had arrived. In the words of Dennis Seidenberg, that only means one thing: Hockey season is here.
“You go to the golf tournament, you know camp is right around the corner,” the veteran defenseman said. “You know it’s the kickoff of the season.”
The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Bruins players, alumni, front office personnel and coaches who gathered with fans and sponsors for a round of golf at The International on Tuesday morning. Following the shotgun-style tournament, all attendees enjoyed dinner, a raffle and silent and live auctions.
WILMINGTON, MA — We’ve heard it over and over again. The Bruins have too many defensemen and not enough spots on the roster for all of them.
Now, for the second straight training camp, a group of defensemen who have been deemed NHL-ready -- nine, this year -- know they will have to compete against one another to prove they deserve to be wearing the Spoked-B come opening night.
According to Kevan Miller, though, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“It breeds competition — healthy competition,” Miller said following Monday’s informal skate at Ristuccia Arena. “I think that brings the best out of guys and certainly will bring the best out of me, and I think it makes our team better. So I think it’s good. Good for the team.”