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Patrice Bergeron skates at captains practice

09.08.13 at 12:11 pm ET
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According to the team’s Twitter account, Patrice Bergeron skated with teammates Sunday morning at Ristuccia Arena for captains practice, marking the first time he has skated with teammates this offseason as he returns from multiple injuries suffered in the Stanley Cup finals.

Bergeron spent three days in the hospital following the conclusion of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals due to a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder and a punctured lung. The 2012 Selke winner told the Boston Globe during Team Canada’s orientation camp last month that he expected to be ready for training camp, which begins on Wednesday.

Gregory Campbell, who was lost for the postseason after breaking his leg in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, began skating with teammates Friday and expects to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Bergeron, 28, signed an eight-year, $52 million contract this offseason.

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David Krejci, Jaromir Jagr invited to Czech Republic orientation camp

09.06.13 at 2:38 pm ET
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The orientation camp roster for the Czech Republic Olympic team was announced Friday, with Bruins center David Krejci and former B’s winger Jaromir Jagr among the names.

The two are part of a group of 67 candidates to represent the Czech Republic this winter in Sochi.

If he is to make the team, this would be Krejci’s second Olympics and Jagr’s fifth. Both players were a member of the 2010 team.

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Brad Marchand: ‘It was difficult’ to see Tyler Seguin traded

09.06.13 at 12:24 am ET
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Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were linemates and good friends. (AP)

Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were linemates and good friends. (AP)

LOWELL — Speaking publicly for the first time since the trade of Tyler Seguin, Bruins forward Brad Marchand said Thursday that he wishes his former linemate and good friend off the ice the best in Dallas.

Seguin was traded along with Rich Peverley in a six-player deal on July 4 that netted the Bruins Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow.

“It was difficult,” Marchand said. “We were very close, but that’s business. That’s hockey. I don’t think you can ever expect to be safe wherever you are. That’s just another example of that. He’s a great young player and he’s going to have a great future ahead of him.”

Seguin, 21, had his professionalism called into question by general manager Peter Chiarelli prior to the trade. There were concerns about his maturity and his off-ice habits, so much so that the team reportedly had to hire a guard to make sure he didn’t leave his hotel room the night before home games.

Marchand, who is no stranger to having his partying make headlines, defended Seguin on that matter.

“Obviously things happen, but you look at social media nowadays and nobody can hide anywhere anymore,” he said. “It just seems like things can get blown out of proportion a little bit, so I think that’s definitely part of it. At the same time, he’s young and any guy in his position is going to have fun.

“I just want to wish him the best and try to headhunt him a little bit when we play him.”

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Gregory Campbell hopes to be ready for regular season opener

09.05.13 at 9:41 pm ET
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Gregory Campbell is nearing a return. (AP)

Gregory Campbell is nearing a return. (AP)

LOWELL — On the same day that he skated with teammates for the first time since breaking his leg in June, Bruins center Gregory Campbell said though he isn’t ready right now, he hopes to be by the time the regular season starts on Oct. 3.

Campbell, who broke his leg blocking an Evgeni Malkin slapshot in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals and underwent surgery on June 10, had a recovery time of 6-8 weeks. He was cleared to begin running and skating lightly on Aug. 20.

“I kind of pushed the envelope the entire summer, just trying to do as much as I can, sometimes even more than I should be,” Campbell said. “As far as being on track, it’s been a pretty smooth rehab. I’ve been back to Boston a couple times, got X-rayed and in each step of the way, things have gone well as far as what the surgeon thinks about the healing process. As soon as I got word that I could start running and skating, I took that to heart and got right on the ice.”

Campbell said his first time on the ice “didn’t feel great” and he has had to work with trainers to put the appropriate amount of foam in his skate to alleviate discomfort where a screw was inserted during surgery.

Conditioning-wise, he could tell that his teammates, who were working out while he was rehabbing this summer, were noticeably ahead of him on Thursday.

“I guess in my mind I feel like I’m still a step or two behind, especially these other guys that have been going hard for some time now,” he said. “I think I can definitely participate in practices and things like that. I think I’ll just have to see how it goes and how I progress and not push.”

With training camp opening on Wednesday, Campbell said his priority is to take the time between now and the start of the regular season to get caught up, rather than focusing on going as hard as possible at the start of training camp. He isn’t even sure if he’ll be able to get into preseason games, but he certainly wants to.

“I think that’s definitely the smart approach,” he said of prioritizing the regular season over the start of camp. “Obviously the preseason helps that and I would definitely like to play some preseason games with the doctors and trainers’ approval, but I guess I’ll have more feeling for that as time goes on, the more I skate with these guys. I hadn’t been skating at this high a level yet. I guess I’ll see how comfortable I am with that, and as time goes on we’ll make that decision.”

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Gregory Campbell back on the ice with Bruins

09.05.13 at 2:07 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins center Gregory Campbell skated with teammates Thursday at Ristuccia Arena, a highly encouraging sign for the team with the start of the regular season a little less than a month away.

Campbell broke his leg blocking an Evgeni Malkin slap shot in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins, famously getting up and finishing his shift despite the break. He underwent surgery on June 10 and spent the offseason recovering.

Campbell did not seem limited on the ice Thursday, skating and shooting without any apparent problems.

The other newcomer to captains practices Thursday was forward Jordan Caron, who figures to compete for a bottom-six job this season.

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Bruins’ right wing shuffle bittersweet for Milan Lucic

09.04.13 at 9:39 pm ET
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Milan Lucic saw one of his close friends leave the Bruins this offseason. (AP)

Milan Lucic saw one of his close friends leave the Bruins this offseason. (AP)

Milan Lucic was very careful to not knock Jarome Iginla‘s decision to choose the Penguins over the Bruins last season, and in doing so he prevented some potential awkwardness between linemates.

Lucic, one of the bigger NHL fans among NHL players, has long respected Iginla, and he has every reason to. As one of the premier power forwards in recent history with 530 NHL goals, Iginla is not only a logical linemate for Lucic, but the type of player a young star like Lucic can look up to.

That isn’t to say there wasn’t some surprise on Lucic’s end when he heard that the B’s had signed the 36-year-old.

“At first I kind of laughed,” Lucic said Wednesday. “It’s great. He’s a great player. He hasn’t scored 500 plus goals by accident, and I think a lot of people kind of doubted him and the way he played at the end of the year, but I think he’s a guy with a lot of pride and a guy that competes hard. … It seems like he’s real excited to be a part of the Boston Bruins, and that’s what you want to see from a future Hall of Famer.”

Of course, the only reason the Bruins got Iginla was to replace Lucic’s good friend in Nathan Horton, who decided after the season that he was not interested in returning to the Bruins. Horton took a seven-year deal in Columbus, leaving Lucic without his linemate of the last three seasons.

“It’s tough. For me personally, it’s more than just losing a teammate,” Lucic said of Horton departing. “It’s someone that you spent a lot of time with in his time here, but at the end of the day that’s where you’ve got to realize that it is a business. It’s unfortunate to see him go — he was a big part of our team the last three years — but you’ve got to move on, turn the page and wish him all the best.”

While Lucic wouldn’t definitely say whether he saw Horton’s decision coming, he defended the decision.

“I talked to him a little bit about it, and being a UFA he’s free to make the decision that he wants,” Lucic said. “He got a pretty good deal out of it, so there’s no grudges, there’s nothing like that.”

Lucic and Horton found success skating on a line with David Krejci that paired one of the league’s better playmakers and two-way forwards with a pair of power forwards. The line could score and wear teams down, all while being more responsible than your average top line.

With Horton gone, the B’s can go for the same dynamic by inserting Iginla into Horton’s old spot. If they do, Loui Eriksson can play the right wing on Patrice Bergeron’s line and give the B’s perhaps the best top-six they’ve had in years.

“Just looking at [it], Horty was a right-handed shot and so is Iggy,” he said. “If you were going to make a pretty good guess, you’d say he fit in pretty well with us. Horty was a great shooter, and [Iginla] is one of the best goal-scorers of the last 15 years. You hope that it fits and you hope the chemistry is there from day one. If he is with us, we’re going to have to work at it a little bit to make sure it’s where we want it to be.”

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Chad Johnson arrives ready to earn spot as Bruins backup goalie

09.04.13 at 7:38 pm ET
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Chad Johnson allowed five goals over four NHL games last season. (AP)

Chad Johnson allowed five goals over four NHL games last season. (AP)

WILMINGTON — It isn’t the most glamorous competition, but perhaps one overlooked vacant roster spot heading into training camp is that of Tuukka Rask‘s backup.

The Bruins have two options to replace Anton Khudobin, who left the B’s on the first day of free agency to take a one-year deal with the Hurricanes. They are 24-year-old Niklas Svedberg, last season’s Baz Bastien winner as AHL goalie of the year in Providence, and 27-year-old Chad Johnson. Between them they have played 10 career NHL games, but one of them can expect to play 25-plus this coming season. Johnson, who signed with the B’s on the same day that Khudobin left, hopes it’s him.

“I’m coming into camp here, I’m going to earn my spot, so I’ve worked hard this summer to do that,” he said Wednesday. “Svedberg, [Malcolm] Subban, all the other goalies here, we’re all here to earn our spot. There’s a reason there’s a camp, so I’m looking forward to doing that.”

If Johnson is to be the Bruins’ man, he’ll be doing so with little NHL experience. With that being said, it’s worth considering that Khudobin, who was a fine backup for the B’s last season (2.32 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 14 games), had only played seven career NHL games prior to it.

“I don’t think I’ve at all established myself,” Johnson said. “I think it takes quite a few years to do that. You always have to prove yourself, even if you’ve been in this league for five or 10 years. It doesn’t really matter. For me, this is definitely my opportunity to get my foot in the door. I’m hoping to take advantage of it.”

Johnson was drafted 125th overall by the Penguins in the 2006 draft, but never played in their organization. After finishing at the University of Alaska (where he played well enough to be a Hobey Baker finalist in 2009), he was traded to the Rangers. He spent three seasons there, playing mostly in the AHL but making six NHL appearances before spending last season in Phoenix’ organization. He had a 3.00 GAA and .903 save-percentage for Portland in the AHL, and one of his four appearances for the Coyotes last season was a 21-save shutout against the Predators.

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