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Aaron Johnson eager to help Bruins however he can 01.10.13 at 5:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — While Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley and Daniel Paille were the most notable additions to Thursday’s informal practice at Ristuccia Arena, there was one more new guy in attendance. An actual new guy.

Defenseman Aaron Johnson, who was signed to a two-way contract in the offseason after spending last season in Columbus, made his Ristuccia debut on Thursday, a day after going out to dinner with Shawn Thornton and a number of other Bruins teammates.

Johnson, 29, was signed to be a depth guy for the B’s, but if Adam McQuaid (who is still recovering from blood clot surgery but has been on the ice in recent weeks) is unable to go at the start of the season, Johnson could be in the rotation for the B’s.

In 56 games for the Blue Jackets last season, Johnson had three goals and 13 assists for 16 points and a very Blue Jackets-esque minus-12 rating. He said the Bruins weren’t the only option for him this offseason, but choosing them proved to be an easy decision.

“There was a number of teams, but I just think the experience here and the fact that they won a Stanley Cup and still have a lot of those guys, I think it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I’m just trying to come in and help as much as possible.

“I think the history speaks for itself here,” he added. “As soon as they came on the list, it was pretty much close the door and sign the contract because when a team like this comes along, you want to jump in and be a part of it.”

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Rich Peverley loved Finland, but was ‘as pissed off as anyone’ during lockout 01.10.13 at 4:42 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Forward Rich Peverley was among the newcomers to informal practice Thursday, as he, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and newcomer Aaron Johnson joined the likes of Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask, among others.

Peverley spent the lockout in Finland playing for JyP HT Jyvaskyla of the SM-liiga. There, he played with Habs forward Lars Eller, as well as former Predators teammate Ramzi Abid.

In 29 SM-liiga games, Peverley scored nine goals and added 14 assists for 23 points in 29 games (he also had an eyebrow-raising 47 penalty minutes, according to HockeyDB. Assuming it isn’t a misprint, that means he had more penalty minutes in 29 games over in Finland than he did in a full 82-game season with the Thrashers, as he had 36 all of 2009-10).

“I had a great time,” Peverley said of the experience. “Luckily I was with a great group of guys and some guys I had played with in the past. That eased the transition. I’m really happy I did it and looking back, I would have done the same thing [again].”

As for the lockout itself, Peverley said he feels sorry for the fans, but nobody should think the players were happy to miss time, either.

“I’m a fan too and I was as pissed off as anyone,” he said. “‘€¦ We’ve got great fans here, and hopefully in other places around the league, they’ll understand what happened and will come back and support us.”

Peverley figures to have a new linemate in the upcoming season. The Bruins used a combination of Benoit Pouliot, Jordan Caron and Brian Rolston on the other wing with Peverley and Chris Kelly, but both Pouliot and Rolston are gone, while Caron is dealing with an upper-body injury. One possible candidate to take the job for the time being is Chris Bourque, who has eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points in 32 games for Providence this season, is among the candidates to start the season on that wing.

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Tyler Seguin: Swiss story ‘100 percent untrue’ 01.10.13 at 12:15 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — This is as much of a story as the infamous Amstel Light saga, so we’ll make this quick: Tyler Seguin is pretty offended by a Swiss report that came out this week saying he was a hoarder and spent his time in Switzerland living in his own filth.

Swiss tabloid Blick wrote a story citing the company hired to clean Seguin’s apartment and reported that the 20-year-old’s floor was littered with money, soda bottles, garbage and dirty linen, while rotten bananas weren’t hard to find either. Deadspin picked up the story, and from there things took off.

Seguin denied the report on Twitter on Wednesday and elaborated after skating with Bruins teammates at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday.

“I was blown away with everything. It was very unprofessional,” Seguin said of the report. “I don’t want to talk about it too much, but everything there was 100 percent untrue. I don’t know if it was because I was one of the only guys on the team to ask for a cleaning service, but it was just something that I’ve always had. I didn’t see the big deal in it [since I was] traveling and such. I was very disappointed in that. It was very unprofessional of them.”

The report stated that Seguin was “not versed in appliances” and tried to washing his clothes in the dryer. That would appear to be half-true, as Seguin said he did his laundry in Biel teammate Patrick Kane‘s apartment a floor below him, but this tweet from November explains the dryer situation.

One complete inaccuracy in the report was the suggestion that it was Seguin’s first time living by himself. Seguin spent his entire rookie season with the Bruins living in his own apartment.

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Nathan Horton ‘definitely’ could have started season in October 01.10.13 at 11:56 am ET
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WILMINGTON — After skating with his teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion last January, Bruins forward Nathan Horton he is 100-percent healthy and ready to go about business as usual throughout the upcoming training camp and 48-game season. His teammates certainly like what they saw on Thursday.

“He’s huge, eh?” Tyler Seguin quipped when asked about the power forward.

Indeed, the Bruins missed Horton’s services since he suffered his second concussion in as many seasons on a Jan. 22 hit from Flyers forward Tom Sestito. Teamed with Milan Lucic, Horton helped give the Bruins first line a bruising duo with a scoring threat, but head injuries have cost him time in the Bruins’ lineup.

Horton began skating by himself after suffering the concussion on the Sestito hit but had a setback and was eventually shut down before the playoffs last season. He said after Thursday’s informal practice with teammates that things have gone smoothly since.

“Near the end of the [season] I was starting to feel better, but all summer I never had any issues with all my running and skating,” Horton said. “I never had a setback, and I feel great. I’m pretty happy about that. It’s a tough thing to go through, but it’s in the past now and I’m looking forward to getting back and being around the guys yet and having some fun.”

Horton spent the lockout skating and working out in Florida. He chose against pursuing European options during the work stoppage, though he said he would have been healthy to start the season in October had it began on time.

“Oh definitely,” Horton said. “I was 100 percent back then. It seems so long ago, but more time obviously helped me. I was fine back then [though].”

A free agent at season’s end, Horton also suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals on a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. He had played an integral role in the Bruins’ run to the finals up until that hit, as he scored two game-winning goals in overtime in the first round against the Canadiens (including the series-clincher in Game 7) and scored one of the biggest goals in team history by tallying the only score in the Bruins’ 1-0 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning.

That postseason remains Horton’s only taste of the playoffs, as he never saw the postseason in Florida and missed last year’s first-round exit against the Capitals, something that weighed on him.

“I got one shot of it [in 2011],” he said when asked about missing last season’s playoffs. “You get one taste and you just want to keep going. I didn’t get to do that and it’s pretty disappointing. It was a tough year for me, and I’m just happy to be back. I want to start off right here and keep moving forward.”

Despite now having a history of head injuries, Horton said he isn’t planning on changing his approach at all.

“The truth is I really haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I’m not even worried about my head, I’m not worried about being in contact or getting in a fight or anything like that. It’s really in the back of my [mind]. I’m looking to the future and I haven’t thought about it. I feel better than I have in a long, long time and that’s it. I’m just happy that I feel good and it’s not even on my mind.”

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Nathan Horton not worried about concussions 01.10.13 at 11:54 am ET
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WILMINGTON — After skating with his teammates for the first time since suffering a concussion last January, Bruins forward Nathan Horton he is 100-percent healthy and ready to go about business as usual throughout the upcoming training camp and 48-game season.

Horton suffered his second concussion in as many seasons on a Jan. 22 hit from Flyers forward Tom Sestito. He began skating by himself but had a setback and was eventually shut down before the playoffs. He said after Thursday’s informal practice with teammates that things have gone smoothly since.

“Near the end of the [season] I was starting to feel better, but all summer I never had any issues with all my running and skating,” Horton said. “I never had a setback, and I feel great. I’m pretty happy about that. It’s a tough thing to go through, but it’s in the past now and I’m looking forward to getting back and being around the guys yet and having some fun.”

A free agent at season’s end, Horton also suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals on a hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome. Despite now having a history of head injuries, Horton said he isn’t planning on changing his approach at all.

“The truth is I really haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I’m not even worried about my head, I’m not worried about being in contact or getting in a fight or anything like that. It’s really in the back of my [mind]. I’m looking to the future and I haven’t thought about it. I feel better than I have in a long, long time and that’s it. I’m just happy that I feel good and it’s not even on my mind.”

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Nathan Horton skating with Bruins teammates 01.10.13 at 9:47 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Forward Nathan Horton was among those in attendance as Bruins players held an informal practice at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday. Other newcomers included Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille and defenseman Aaron Johnson.

Horton, who saw each of his last two seasons end early due to concussions, was cleared for contact over the summer but elected against playing anywhere during the lockout. Horton skated in Florida during the 113-day stoppage.

General manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien were also in attendance. Players had previously been skating at Boston University during the lockout.

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Bobby Orr has high hopes for Bruins in hectic season 01.09.13 at 11:23 pm ET
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Bobby Orr is “thrilled” that the NHL is coming back, but he isn’t thrilled with how long it took for the league to resolve its third straight lockout.

“I just wish it happened sooner,” Orr said at the event to announce “Turk: The Movie,” based on the life of Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson. “There are are so many people that are hurt by the lockout. People talk about who won, well nobody won. How do you win? You don’t win.

“You can’t pick winners and losers in something like this. Everybody lost. Now I just hope that players will get back to work and work hard, and I’m sure they will. It’s going to be a short season for these teams, so you have a bad start, you’re going to be in trouble, so I think we’re going to see real good hockey.”

Orr, whose agency represents Bruins forward Nathan Horton, said to “give me a team that’s better” than the Bruins this year. He expects the upcoming 48-game season to be hectic.

“This is going to be an interesting year,” he said. “You’ve got to come out of the chute. You’ve got to win real fast. You go into any long losing streaks early and you’re in trouble. I think it’s going to be a great season. I really do, because I think we’re going to see high intensity hockey and very good hockey. I think the players all know what’s at stake here.”

The league and players finally came to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement last Sunday, the 113th day of the lockout. Orr hopes that the new CBA, which lasts for 10 years with a mutual opt-out after eight years, is good enough to provide long-term labor peace and prevent another lockout at the end. In the meantime, he just hopes the league can do its best to recover over the course of this CBA.

“It’s a long term deal and we need that. Sponsors will be more comfortable doing deals with the league. Players have 50 percent of everything, so it’s a good deal for everybody,” Orr said. “Get good sponsors, have good hockey and everybody will be in good shape.”

There had been talk of the league making concessions, such as offering the Center Ice television package for free, but it’s been reported that fans will still have to pay for Center Ice. Orr has a better idea in mind for how to make it up to fans.

“Play hard and give them good hockey,” Orr said. “Hockey fans are very loyal and I’m sure they’ve missed the game as I have. … There are some that may be slow coming back, but hockey fans are very loyal and hopefully they will come back.”

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