BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice for the fourth day of on-ice sessions at training camp on Monday morning at TD Garden.
The players who did not skate in Sunday night’s preseason game (a 2-0 win over New Jersey at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence) took to the ice first at 10:00 a.m., with the group consisting of mostly veterans and returning Bruins.
BOSTON — Every training camp is different, with new players and varying storylines, but there are some aspects that consistently remain the same from year to year.
There is always learning, and there is always competition. That goes for veterans, rookies and newcomers alike - whether you’re alternate captain Chris Kelly, new blueliner Matt Irwin or second and third year pros Brian Ferlin and Seth Griffith.
“You approach it kind of the same way,” Kelly said on Saturday following the second day of training camp on-ice sessions at TD Garden. “Every year, there’s competition and it pushes everyone, and new systems put in play — and most guys are smart enough to pick up new systems, and if they’re not, then you’re going to be left behind.”
“So I think you come in and you listen and learn and I think that’s the great thing also about this game - you’re always learning, every day. If it’s systems or different things to do off the ice to prepare yourself so you feel good on the ice, there’s all sorts of different things to learn, and I think that’s the approach you take.”
During the first few days of camp, players get back their skating legs, up the physicality and bring themselves up to speed. The Bruins’ first preseason game takes place on just the third day of camp this year (Sunday, Sept. 20), so there’s no time to sit back.
BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice Saturday morning at TD Garden for the second day of on-ice sessions at the 2015 Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T.
The 60-player roster is still broken into three groups, with sessions taking place at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All three Saturday practices are open to the public. Full details for fans can be found on BostonBruins.com.
With the Bruins implementing systematic tweaks heading into the new season, a large part of the sessions focuses on practicing those changes, before getting into heated battle drills and a scrimmage to end the skate.
The first group on the ice on Saturday included David Krejci and David Pastrnak, as well as newcomers Matt Beleskey and Zac Rinaldo, who were eager to skate in their first official practice in the Spoked-B on Friday.
BOSTON - When the Bruins hold their first practices of training camp on Friday at TD Garden, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not be on the ice.
“The only issue we have I think is Dennis Seidenberg will not likely skate for the next few days,” General Manager Don Sweeney said during a press conference on Thursday, when asked if any players would be limited at the start of camp.
“He reported to our trainers on Monday with an upper-body injury from training and our doctors have chosen to take a conservative approach and re-evaluate day-to-day.”
The Bruins opened camp on Thursday with physicals and off-ice testing. With three weeks until the season opener on Oct. 8, Sweeney doesn’t anticipate the injury impacting Seidenberg being available for the start of the season.
WILMINGTON — Like the rest of the Bruins, Zac Rinaldo can’t wait for the season to get underway.
“It’s about time,” the forward quickly remarked with a smile following the Bruins’ last informal practice on Wednesday before the first orders of business for 2015-16 begin. “I hate the summertime, especially when you don’t make playoffs. It just drags on and on.”
After a lengthy summer, players will report to TD Garden for off-ice testing on Thursday.
This marks Rinaldo’s first training camp with Boston, having been acquired from Philadelphia via trade on June 29.
“I’ll just adapt,” he said. “It’s not too hard - I’ve been around the League for a couple of years now, I’ve adapted to different coaches and situations, so it won’t be too hard.”
There’s always a level of anticipation, and maybe even anxiety, for players entering the first day —regardless of how many training camps in which they have participated.
The physical tests vary from team to team. In Philadelphia, Rinaldo went through mostly on-ice testing. In Boston, the most difficult tests happen off the ice.
WILMINGTON -- Max Talbot wore the Spoked-B for just 18 games at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Acquired by Boston at the trade deadline in March from Colorado, the veteran was immediately thrust into a race for the playoffs.
“Last year was kind of quick, you know, 18 games that you come in here and it’s a playoff rush and playoff race and everything is a little hectic,” Talbot said following the final informal practice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday before the start of training camp on Sept. 17.
“I’m happy to be here now — kind of like a white page in front of me, I can write my own story with the Bruins and kind of start fresh, learning to know the guys a little better, the room, the prospects, the staff, so it’s exciting for me right now.”
Talbot didn’t have much time to carve out a solid role for himself last season or even settle into the city, but he certainly made an impact in the room amid a tense time of year.
His personality and constant chatter keep the atmosphere light, and his work ethic keeps those around him focused and motivated.
WILMINGTON — Jonas Gustavsson made his first appearance at Bruins’ informal practice on Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.
The goaltender will be attending training camp with Boston on a professional tryout (PTO). Camp opens with off-ice testing on Thursday.
General Manager Don Sweeney confirmed that Gustavsson would be at camp when he spoke with reporters on Sept. 10 before heading to Buffalo for the Prospects Challenge.
Gustavsson sported the Spoked-B practice jersey on the ice, with the rest of his gear still in Detroit’s red and white. The goalie spent the past three seasons in the Red Wings organization, suiting up in 41 NHL games for Detroit and serving as Jimmy Howard’s backup.
“It’s a new experience,” Gustavsson said of entering camp on a tryout for the first time in his career. “No matter if you have a contract, a tryout or whatever, you’ve always got to have the mentality that you’re going out there and you’re going to try to become a better goalie every day - and that’s not gonna change just because I don’t have that real contract.”
BostonBruins.com - For 20 years, Travis Roy has been a beacon of hope.
“Hope is…I live on hope,” Roy told reporters gathered around him during the 12th Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament at The International Golf Course in Bolton, Mass. on Monday.
“Hope gets me out of bed in the morning. But hope needs to be funded — and that’s what the Bruins are doing here today. It inspires the people that participate. They’re funding my hope, they’re funding all of us with spinal cord injuries that things are going to get better.”
Roy was the tournament honoree. The Boston Bruins Foundation and Boston Bruins Alumni paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of his accident and thanked him for his dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families.
The Bruins presented him with a $50,000 check to the Travis Roy Foundation, which helps spinal cord injury survivors and funds research for a cure.
BOLTON, Mass. - Every September, the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament marks the unofficial start to the new season.
On Monday at The International Golf Course, Bruins past and present gathered for the 12th annual charity tournament, with alumni like Ray Bourque and Rick Middleton sharing the course with the current roster.
“It’s nice to have everybody back,” said Captain Zdeno Chara. “It’s a week where we’re all going to start and obviously Thursday’s a big day, but before you know it, we’re going to play the first preseason game on Sunday, so it’s right around the corner.”
On Thursday, players will report to TD Garden for off-ice testing and the intensity will ramp up with the opening of training camp. But first, a relaxing day on the golf course was in order.
“This is great for the community, great for everybody,” Chara said of the tournament. “We all enjoy participating in events like this, where it’s kind of a last chance to relax before training camp starts and it’s a part of bonding I would say - interacting with the fans and people participating in this golf tournament. I think it’s just a great event.”
BOLTON, Mass. - David Krejci was limited to just 47 games in 2014-15.
This season, he’s hoping for less injury trouble and a healthier start.
Luckily, Krejci didn’t have to undergo any offseason surgery, took a couple of weeks off after the season ended in April and was back to working out with no limitations.
“Off the ice, in the gym, everything was fine,” Krejci said Monday at the Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament at The International Golf Course before hitting the links. “I’ve been skating for a little over a month now and felt good on the ice, so there shouldn’t be any reason why I shouldn’t be 100 percent.”
Training camp opens this week on Thursday, Sept. 17 with off-ice testing before on-ice sessions begin Friday.
The center is anxious for a clean slate. Thirty-one points off seven goals and 24 assists through 47 games isn’t exactly the way he wants to contribute to his team. He wants to offer much more.