BostonBruins.com - When the Bruins made the July 4 trade with Dallas, the main piece was right winger Loui Eriksson.
"It's been well-documented, we've got to rebuild our right side," General Manager Peter Chiarelli had said, emphasizing that status. "So he's the first piece."
The focus was mostly on Eriksson, considering the place most had him begged for before he even set foot in Boston and pulled on the spoked-B, was Tyler Seguin's former spot alongside left winger Brad Marchand and center Patrice Bergeron.
Considered to be in the slew of "young forwards" vying for a spot on the big club, Julien has liked what he's seen. From day one, they've known a spot was there for the taking.
Day 2 of Training Camp kicks off today with two on-ice sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., with groups from Thursday's practice flip-flopped. Follow along here for a running blog all day as we take you into TD Garden, in the locker room and behind the scenes at Training Camp.
So when the pair hit the ice with their respective groups for the first day of on-ice sessions at training camp on Thursday at TD Garden, the question was again asked.
But now that they have skated in a structured practice with Head Coach Claude Julien and his staff pushing the B's through their paces, both Bergeron and Campbell have a better idea of where they stand.
For Bergeron, who (as you know) recovered from his broken rib, torn cartilage, collapsed lung and separated shoulder this offseason, he's inching closer to 100 percent.
Last Sunday during Captain's Practices, he began battling along the walls for the first time and felt fine; in the first high-tempo, competitive practice at training camp Thursday, he was right in the thick of battling drills.
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins hit the ice at TD Garden for their first on-ice sessions at Training Camp on Thursday, with the 51 players taking part in camp separated into two groups.
The first group of skaters took the ice at 10:00 a.m., with the second set going through their paces at 12:15 p.m. Both practices mirrored each other, and were high-tempo, with only a stoppage for a Zamboni clear halfway through each session.
Head Coach Claude Julien's focus heading into camp centers around acclimated the new players to the Bruins' system, improving his group's execution and getting to know the players vying for a spot on his opening night roster. So it was no surprise when he went straight to the drawing board on the glass next to the B's home bench, the players all taking a knee as their coach quickly eased them back into their routine.
"The one thing I can say is everybody came in really good shape, and that’s a real plus because when even the Providence players come in shape, the way we’ve asked them to come in shape, that’s a good sign," Julien told reporters, of his observations from the first two days of camp.
BostonBruins.com - The wait is over, as a new, fresh sheet of ice at TD Garden is down, and the first sound of the goal horn for the 2013-14 season is less than a month away.
Here's what you need to know about the camp's schedule and when you can see the B's in-person...
Training Camp for the Black & Gold officially opened on Wednesday, September 11 with physical testing before on-ice sessions kick off on September 12. The first two days on the Garden ice are closed to the public on September 12 and 13, but we'll bring you all of the coverage from camp on BostonBruins.com, the Bruins mobile app and live updates from the practices and locker room via Twitter @NHLBruins ^CS.
BOSTON, MA - Anxiety. That's what the opening of Training Camp brought for the 51 players who reported to TD Garden Wednesday morning.
It could be your first camp, or your 15th camp. Some liken it to the first day of school, coming back from the summer, catching up with teammates and being forced in front of the camera for photo shoots and interviews to kick off the new campaign.
Only, there's no recess here. Intense, physical testing to make sure this group in Black & Gold is in peak condition to start the 2013-14 season. It's also in front of your bosses (the B's brass and coaching staff), so make sure you're on point.
"Oh man, the anxiety," Torey Krug had said on the eve of testing. "You prepare all summer. You know, I have so much confidence going into the testing that I'm going to do better than last summer and pass all of the tests, but there's just something about it, with the management and coaching staff sitting there, watching the tests and it adds that little element to it."
Everyone gets a passing grade.
"No disappointments, no surprises," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, who took in the off-ice action of his players on Day One. "It was all great news for a coach to see that these guys are ready to go."
BOSTON, MA - Training Camp is officially open for the NHL and the Boston Bruins, who reported to TD Garden on September 11 for physical testing and media availability.
Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell have done a slew of interviews throughout the past couple of weeks about their conditions. Both were on track for camp and had been on the ice skating. Now that camp has arrived, they both have the go-ahead to join their teammates on the ice, as they have at Captain's Practices.
"They're going to practice with us, they're going to be on the ice," Head Coach Claude Julien told gathered reporters, of the duo's conditions after physical testing. "And when it comes time to play those exhibition games, it'll be a conversation again with our trainers in making sure if they're going to play, that there's not a risk factor."
WILMINGTON, MA - The final Captain's Practice took place Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena, with the recovering Gregory Campbell leading a 15-skater group, that included defenseman Matt Bartkowski, through on-ice drills. The pair marked the only B's on the ice from last season's Boston roster, as most stayed off the ice in preparation for physical testing on Wednesday at TD Garden. (Full roll call found here.)
That day - September 11 - marks the opening of training camp, when players officially report for the 2013-14 season.
It begins with the off-ice testing (that includes a 300-year shuttle test), and segues into five straight days of on-ice sessions. The Saturday and Sunday practices at TD Garden, which both begin at 10:00 a.m. ET, are open to the public, followed by Monday's session (also at 10:00 a.m.) at Ristuccia Arena, before the group heads to Montreal for the first of seven preseason games that night. Puck drops at the Bell Centre at 7:00 p.m. ET.
BostonBruins.com, the B's mobile app and Twitter updates from @NHLBruins will bring you all of the coverage from camp, and will be keeping a close eye on the competition.
BOLTON, MA - There's one event every year that draws the likes of Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton, Derek Sanderson and other Bruins alumni, mixed in with Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and the current Bruins roster.
Heading into training camp, more than 50 members of the Black & Gold, past and present, join together at the Boston Bruins Golf Tournament, to benefit the Bruins Foundation.
On Monday, just two days prior to training camp kicking off for the current Bruins, the entire team, along with GM Peter Chiarelli, B's management, scouting, coaching and support staff, took part in the 10th annual tournament at The International in Bolton, MA.
Since Captain's Practices currently under way are player-run, this marked the first time Head Coach Claude Julien's 2013-14 team was all together. Prior to and during the event, they all caught up, shared laughs, and hit the links, with those in attendance appreciating that they carved out the time amidst their ramped-up training schedules.