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Tim Thomas gives Alexander Khokhlachev training camp crash course 09.19.11 at 12:44 pm ET
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Tim Thomas is willing to do far more on the ice than stop pucks and pick up the occasional assist, a point to which Henrik Sedin can certainly attest.

Thomas wasn’t quite as aggressive Monday as he was when he took out the Vancouver forward with a mighty shove in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, but he did provide a reminder that anyone trying to score on him had better watch out.

Russian youngster Alexander Khokhlachev, the team’s 2011 second-round pick, was coming in on Thomas during a shootout drill when Thomas darted out of his net to break up the forward’s bid. Seconds later, Khokhlachev was lying in the corner having crashed into the boards as a result of the play. He’d been tripped up by Thomas’ stick, and though he was OK, teammates exclaimed sarcastic jeers of “way to go, Timmy” to guilt the reigning Vezina winner.

Thomas could take the flack from his teammates, as he’s glad the play could be a laughing matter rather than one that featured an injury.

“Well, he lost the puck there,” Thomas said. “I hesitated just a second there and then I was like, ‘I’m going to go get it’ but then I missed the poke-check. Then, well, I just tried to stop, but I didn’t. I’m just glad nobody was hurt. We’re just playing around there.”

It’s hard for Thomas not to be competitive, but after a play like Monday’s, he noted it’s important to keep things in perspective in the first week of training camp.

“When you compete for as long as we did, it’s going to take you a while before you really want to up your competitive level,” he said. “This is the third day of camp. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t mean anything.”

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Bruins get some scrimmage work in 09.19.11 at 12:37 pm ET
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Group A of the Bruins’ training camp squads kicked off the third day of on-ice work Monday at TD Garden. The practice consisted of two sessions, with a good chunk of scrimmage time worked in.

Among those who stood out Monday were Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton, who worked on the same line. Newcomer Benoit Pouliot also impressed by creating a turnover and rifling one past Anton Khudobin.

The B’s will hold a full black-and-white scrimmage Tuesday night in Providence, with Group A taking on Group B.

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Why Benoit Pouliot prepared for the season with a UFC trainer 09.17.11 at 8:00 am ET
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Ask any of the Bruins to describe their summer, and you’ll hear a lot of guys saying it was the best summer of their lives. The returning members got to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup and got to show off the trophy to their family and friends. As a result, they have  had nothing but good things to say about the offseason.

Benoit Pouliot is singing a different tune.

“It was awful,” the newcomer said of his summer as training camp opened.

No, Pouliot wasn’t talking about being non tendered by the Canadiens or anything of that sort. What made it such a terrible summer — in a good way — was his new training program.

Pouliot spent the offseason with Jonathan Chaimberg, a UFC trainer, and it paid off. The 6-foot-3 forward gained weight (he said he was at 208 or 209 pounds at one point — the most he’s ever weighed) and weighed in at 203 on Friday, which is five pounds more than he weighed when playing for the Canadiens last year.

The training program was unorthodox for Pouliot and the other NHL players in attendance, but it did the trick.

“There were some things I’ve never done,” Pouliot said. “There were ladder things. You walk up a ladder for cardio, or push a sled with like 600 or 700 pounds on it. I’m telling you, you don’t want to do it. That was the worst thing ever, but hey I pulled through it. The trainer was so good to me and pushed me so hard that right now I feel great.”

So why did Pouliot seek the help of a UFC trainer?

“I wanted to get bigger,” he said. “Everyone’s been, ‘Hey, you’re not big enough. You’re not big enough. You’re tall, but you’re not [big],’ so I tried to do that as much as I can and now I feel good.”

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David Krejci puts Benoit Pouliot fight behind him 09.16.11 at 4:55 pm ET
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One of the shortest fights of the Feb. 9 Bruins/Canadiens penalty-minute bonanza took place between a couple guys who now share a dressing room in Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci.

Pouliot weighed in on the brief bout, in which he took Krejci down with the first actual punch thrown, when he met the media this week, saying that he had spoken to Krejci and that the two were happy to be teammates.

Friday, Krejci echoed Pouliot’s comments.

“It was nothing personal when we fought,” Krejci said. “He wanted to fight. I wanted to fight him, and that’s what happened. ‘€¦ There’s no need for him to apologize to me or anything like that. It’s nothing personal. It’s business. That’s what happens in hockey. We talked about it, and he seems like a nice guy. I don’t know him that well yet, but I’m sure he’s a good guy.”

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Andrew Ference not worried about who gets the vacant ‘A’ 09.16.11 at 2:58 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is a strong candidate (and, in one man’s opinion, the best candidate) to potentially wear the “A” that Mark Recchi wore for the Bruins last season. What does he think of joining captain Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron as the letter-bearing Bruins?

“It’s not really on my radar,” Ference said.

Ference has certainly established a voice in the Bruins’ dressing room, but he’s happy that he’s on a team full of players who can be leaders. If he does end up getting the letter, Ference doesn’t planning how he approaches things.

“You see what Rex, how he wore it, and what he did with something like that. He didn’t go out of his way to try to be somebody he wasn’t,” he said. “I’ve mentioned that before with Zee, what a great leader he is because he just is himself. We have a group full of guys who have learned from Zee or Rex and learned those lessons, how Bergie carries himself.

“I think within the confines of the dressing room, I think we all know everybody has their own strengths of leadership, whether it’s by example or some guys are more vocal than others. So whether you have something on your jersey or not, I think you have a responsibility to add what you can to the dressing room. I don’t think it changes who you are or should be or anything like that. It just is what it is, and they’ve got to put it on somebody.”

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Heavier Tyler Seguin weighs in on second camp 09.16.11 at 2:16 pm ET
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Bruins second-year forward Tyler Seguin said Friday that he has gained “a bit more” than 10 pounds since the end of last season after spending the offseason working out in Toronto.

“I’ve gotten stronger,” Seguin said. “All my tests were better, so I definitely feel better, more confident and a bit more mature.”

Seguin spent the offseason working out in Toronto with former Maple Leafs strength and conditioning coach Matt Nichol. Other athletes who train with Nichol include Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak.

Seguin had 11 goals and 11 assists last season as a rookie. Having now established a roster spot, Seguin said the feeling entering camp now is far different from what it was when he came in last season.

“Last year I was really more blind coming in,” Seguin said. “This year, I know what to expect, so I’m excited to get going. Excited to take that experience into this year.”

Where he figures into the lineup this year is anyone’s guess, as he could remain on a retooled third line or potentially jump up to the second line and take the spot left vacated by Mark Recchi.

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David Krejci looking ahead to hockey, not his next contract 09.16.11 at 1:50 pm ET
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David Krejci is entering the final year of his contract and has communicated a message to his agent.

“I told him to leave me alone,” the Bruins’ first-line center said Friday after fitness testing at TD Garden.

Krejci is set to be a restricted free agent at season’s end, as he is in the last season of the three-year, $11.25 million deal he signed after the 2008-09 season. He likes Boston and would be happy with a new deal, but he made it clear that he doesn’t want to think about one until the sides agree.

“If there’s going to be some talk, [agent Larry Kelly]’s going to keep it to himself, and when he thinks there’s a good deal for me or something, he’ll let me know and I’ll decide. I told him to leave me alone. He knows that from my other contract. I’m going to be focused for a good start, and what happens happens.”

The 25-year-old led all postseason players with 12 goals over the Bruins’ championship run. As such, he’s focused on continuing the success that brought the Stanley Cup to Boston as apposed to worrying about the value of his next deal.

“Obviously, it’s nice that you make a living doing what you love to do, but that’s not why I play hockey,” Krejci said. “I started playing hockey when I was a kid because I loved it, and I still love it. What happens happens. If they’re going to offer me a deal, [general manager Peter Chiarelli] is going to talk to my agent, then he’s going to let me know and we’ll see what happens.”

A Boston Globe report recently stated that talks have opened between Krejci’s agent and the Bruins. Krejci showed he wasn’t kidding about asking to be left out of the loop, as he said Friday that the report was the first he’d heard of the sides talking.

“The first time I heard about it was when I saw on the internet that they’ve opened discussions. That was the first time I’d heard about it,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about it at all this summer. I’m not going to be talking about it this season either. I’m just going to have a good year, help the team get to the playoffs. ‘€¦ That’s where my mind is right now.”

While Krejci’s mind is on hockey, he’s also happy with where he is physically. Krejci spent the offseason following the 2009-10 working his way back from a wrist injury that both ended his playoffs and required surgery. Now coming off a completely healthy season and a relaxing offseason, Krejci is both refreshed and ready to start all over again.

“That was the best summer I’ve had in a long time, maybe in my life,” he said. “I know it was short. [The two years previous to last year] I had some injuries, so I had to do some rehabs and stuff. This one was short, but it was pretty good.”

Krejci had 13 goals in the regular season last year and 49 assists, with his 62 points making it the second highest total o his career. He had 73 in the 2008-09 season.

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