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Milan Lucic (wrist) slowly getting back to normal

09.20.14 at 10:12 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Milan Lucic said after Saturday’€™s practice that he is happy with his recovery from wrist surgery thus far.

Lucic has taken some contact in training camp so far, and though his status for preseason games is unknown, he is getting more and more comfortable.

“It’€™s been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing,” Lucic said. “Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks, where it’€™s gone, it’€™s been good. My shooting feels ‘€” I’€™m not going to say it’€™s completely back to normal, but I can get to where I can get full pressure into my shot and all that type of stuff.

“It’€™s just the battle stuff. I haven’€™t really practiced forechecking and hitting and stuff like that yet. That obviously doesn’€™t come until game time. As of right now, I think it’€™s just being smart and going about everything the right way and taking it step-by-step.’€

The Bruins have a scrimmage Sunday in Providence and four preseason games this week.

“The games will come whenever I’€™m ready to play,” Lucic said. “You don’€™t want to put yourself in a position where you’€™re having setbacks right away.”

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David Pastrnak suffers shoulder injury, very doubtful for Sunday scrimmage

09.20.14 at 12:31 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –” David Pastrnak suffered a shoulder injury during the first of two training camp practice sessions Saturday and did not return to the ice.

Claude Julien said afterwards that Pastrnak had tweaked his shoulder and that the 18-year-old right wing is “very, very doubtful” to play in Sunday’s black and gold scrimmage in Providence.

Pastrnak, the Bruins’€™ first-round pick in June’€™s draft, left early on in the first session and was not on the ice for the second one. He had taken a hit into the boards prior to leaving the ice.

With Pastrnak done for the day, Tyler Randell skated on David Krejci‘€™s right wing, with Matt Fraser playing on the left side. Fraser and Pastrnak had been Krejci’€™s linemates to open training camp Friday, with Randell rotating in.

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Pastrnak Watch: Rookie opens Bruins training camp on David Krejci’s line

09.19.14 at 3:16 pm ET
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WILMINGTON –€” As Peter Chiarelli had previously implied, David Pastrnak was teamed with David Krejci to begin training camp Friday.

Pastrnak, a Czech right wing who grew up idolizing Krejci, was on the right wing of Krejci’€™s line, with Matt Fraser playing on the other side. Milan Lucic was in the other of the two practice groups.

“€œIt’€™s pretty hard,”€ Pastrnak said of the practice. “On the ice, they’€™re NHL players, so you have to adjust and try to keep going with them and play your best.”

Tyler Randell also saw some time on Krejci’€™s right wing, but it was mostly Pastrnak, whom the Bruins selected with the 25th overall pick in June’€™s draft.

Krejci hinted that Pastrnak would be on his line for Sunday’€™s black and gold scrimmage in Providence.

“For me, to play with David, he’€™s obviously a Czech guy, he’€™s got great hands, he’€™s got really good speed,”€ Krejci said. “It was alright today. We didn’€™t do too much line drills today out there, so just take it day by day.”

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Bruins kick off training camp practices

09.19.14 at 12:28 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins began their training camp practices Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

As usual, the practices were split into two groups. Both David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson were in the same group as David Krejci, though Milan Lucic was in the other group.

Gregory Campbell (mid core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) were both out. Campbell was not listed as being in either group, though Arnesson is listed in the first group.

With Reilly Smith and Torey Krug out, Seth Griffith skated with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, while Kevan Miller was paired with David Warsofsky.

The practice groups and lines were as follows:

Group 1:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Anthony Camara, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Rob Flick, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Cory Kane, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Linus Arnesson (absent), Johnny Boychuk, Tommy Cross, Steve Eminger, Kevan Miller, Dennis Seidenberg, David Warsofsky, Ben Youds

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith

Marchand – Bergeron – Griffith
Lucic – Kelly – Ferlin
Paille – Spooner – Gagne
Camara – Flick – Fallstrom
Robins – Kane – Sexton

Seidenberg – Simonelli
Eminger – Boychuk
Warsofsky – Miller
Cross – Youds

Group 2:

Forwards: Jordan Caron, Loui Eriksson, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Bracken Kearns, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Carl Söderberg, Ethan Werek.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman.

Goaltenders: Niklas Svedberg, Malcolm Subban

Fraser – Krejci – Pastrnak/Randell
Lindblad – Khokhlachev – Eriksson
Caron – Soderberg – Knight
Florek – Kearns – Leino

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – Trotman
Casto – Breen
Morrow – McQuaid

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Alexander Khokhlachev hungry for any spot with Bruins

09.18.14 at 10:56 pm ET
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Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhlachev

Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that there are four forward spots open this training camp, though he wouldn’€™t specify which. In reality, there’€™s uncertainty in more places than that on Boston’s forward lines.

Jarome Iginla’€™s old spot on David Krejci‘€™s line is the only top-six position up for grabs. On the bottom two lines, however, Carl Soderberg centering the third line looks to be the only certainty. A gaggle of forwards are competing for the wing spots, while the fourth line is one big question mark with numerous potential answers.

That’€™s where Alexander Khokhlachev comes in.

Gregory Campbell has centered the fourth line for the last four seasons, but that may change. The Bruins have a pair of NHL centers knocking on the NHL‘€™s door, and the team has considered moving Campbell to wing if either one wins the fourth-line center.

One of those player is Ryan Spooner. The other is Khokhlachev, who was chosen in the second round in 2011, a year after Spooner. Both players stand at 5-foot-11, but Khokhlachev is thicker, having bulked up to 189 pounds this offseason (Spooner is listed at 181 pounds).

Spooner has more AHL experience, but Khokhlachev hopes that after putting up 57 points (21 goals, 36 assists) in 65 games last season in his first full campaign with Providence, he’€™s ready for the NHL.

There are two questions with the left-shooting 21-year-old. One is whether he could play wing if need be ‘€” he did at points of a 26-game stint in the KHL during the lockout ‘€” and the other is whether he would make sense as a fourth-liner at either position.

“œSure, why not? I’€™m not just a skill guy,”€ Khokhlachev said Thursday. “€œFor sure, I like to score goals and get points and help my team win, but if this year they put me on the fourth line and want me [play a different role], I’€™m still a young guy and I develop my game pretty much every day, so I don’€™t care where they put me. It doesn’€™t matter for me. I will be happy.”

Campbell is out with a mid-core injury to begin training camp, so the Bruins will be able to get longer looks at Khokhlachev and Spooner, something that Chiarelli sees as a silver lining to having players missing.

“Those guys both tested well and ran well, and they both had real good seasons last year,”€ Chiarelli said of Spooner and Khokhlachev. “€œYou’ll probably see some of the guys higher up on the depth chart for centers, and you might see them on the wing at some point.”

Khokhlachev said he didn’€™t do anything differently this offseason to prepare for being a wing, but he’€™s more than willing to play the position if that’€™s the opportunity given to him. His priority is being in the NHL.

“€œIt doesn’€™t matter where they put me. Coaches, management, they know better,” he said. “For now, I don’€™t really care. I just want to make the team. Wherever they put me, I’€™ll be happy with that and enjoy it.”

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Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Linus Arnesson limited to begin Bruins training camp

09.18.14 at 1:32 pm ET
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General manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that three players are limited and/or out to start training camp for the Bruins: Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell and Linus Arnesson.

Lucic is recovering from wrist surgery and had said earlier this week that he would be taking it slow in training camp. Chiarelli confirmed as much, saying that Lucic is ‘€œa little slow’€ to begin camp.

Campbell will not be on the ice when practices begin Friday due to what Chiarelli called ‘€œsome minor mid-core stuff.’€

Arnesson, meanwhile, was given Monday’€™s rookie practice off before leaving Tuesday’€™s rookie game with a tweaked groin. Chiarelli said Thursday that Arnesson ‘€œwon’€™t be skating for a little bit.’€

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Torey Krug, Reilly Smith absent for start of Bruins training camp

09.18.14 at 1:09 pm ET
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Bruins training camp officially began Thursday without Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, and general manager Peter Chiarelli offered no update on their status.

The B’€™s only have $3.218 million in cap space to sign both players, and though neither Smith nor Krug can negotiate with other teams, neither player would be wise to take a contract until the Bruins shed salary cap space in order to offer them more.

Chiarelli said he plans to trade a defenseman. In theory, he could simply sign both players and exceed the salary cap limit as long as he gets the team under the cap by the start of the regular season. Teams can exceed the cap by up to 10 percent until then.

Asked whether he has considered signing the players first and then making a trade, Chiarelli didn’€™t give much of an answer. The obvious downside to that strategy is that it would be harder to get fair return in trade scenarios when trade partners know that a team is over the cap and has to trade players.

“There’€™s different ways to skin the cat, and that’€™s one of 15,” Chiarelli said. “Those are business decisions that I have to make.”

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