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Bruins react to Johnny Boychuk trade and its ‘reality check’ impact going forward 10.05.14 at 10:41 am ET
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With the season opening at home Wednesday against the Flyers, the Bruins don’t have long to be upset about the loss of one of their best teammates.

Still, even coach Claude Julien said after Saturday’s preseason finale that the team will take a little time to get over “the sting” of losing Johnny Boychuk ($3.37 million) to the harsh realities of today’s salary cap NHL.

Torey Krug, just 23, now understands just how important managing the salary cap is for each team after spending most of the summer without a contract because GM Peter Chiarelli couldn’t fit him under the cap. Krug and Reilly Smith had to wait all summer and through most of camp to sign their $1.4 million deals because the team couldn’t sign them.

“[It’s] another lesson in the business for me,” said Krug. “I learned a few things this summer for sure, and it’s always going to be part of it forever as long as this game exists and the cap situation exists in this sport, so it’s tough to see him go for sure.”

Several defensemen will have to pick up the slack for Boychuk and will have the opportunity to step right in and play a bigger role in place of the 30-year-old who was considered one of the heart-and-soul parts of the B’s Stanley Cup run in 2011 and their finals appearance in 2013.

Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski and Krug all are younger than Boychuk and all likely will get chances to play alongside Dennis Seidenberg on Boston’s No. 2 D-pairing.

“I mean, it’s been like this the last few years, so it doesn’t really change anything,” Seidenberg said. “For me, it’s just trying to play wherever they put me and trying to do it well.”

“I didn’t know that — there was some talk about different things and stuff, but I was pretty much shocked,” McQuaid said in reacting Saturday. “I don’t know, I guess maybe we all just kind of had that hope in the back of our minds that somehow we could all stay. He’s a guy that’s a huge part of this team and for me a guy that always put a smile on my face every day. Always came to the rink in a good mood and was cracking jokes. I think I’ve played seven pro seasons and six have been with Johnny, so we’ve been through a lot together. He’s a guy that — I don’t think it’s really sunk in quite yet — but a guy that will be sorely missed.”

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Milan Lucic makes preseason debut as Bruins beat Red Wings 09.27.14 at 11:16 pm ET
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Milan Lucic made his preseason debut as the Bruins beat the Red Wings, 3-1, Saturday night in Detroit.

Lucic, who sat out Boston’€™s first three preseason games as he recovered from offseason wrist surgery, played 14:57 for the B’€™s, registering no shots on goal and taking three minor penalties.

The Bruins got goals from Dougie Hamilton and Ville Leino, with Brad Marchand securing the victory with an empty-netter. Hamilton assisted on Leino’€™s goal, giving him a two-point night.

Tuukka Rask played two periods for the B’€™s, stopping 14 of 15 shots faced. Jeremy Smith stopped all eight shots he faced in the third period.

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David Pastrnak skating, Milan Lucic could see preseason action Saturday 09.26.14 at 11:33 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Milan Lucic may be getting in his first game action of the preseason this weekend, as the Bruins listed him on the traveling roster for this weekends games against the Capitals and Red Wings.

Lucic, who is returning from offseason wrist surgery, has taken contact in practices but was kept out of the first two games of the preseason. After the practice, Claude Julien said that Lucic will not play Friday against the Capitals but could be a possibility for Saturday’s game against the Red Wings.

David Pastrnak (shoulder) and Gregory Campbell (core) are not traveling and will miss both games. Anthony Camara, who is out with an illness, is also not traveling. Pastrnak has been skating the last two days by himself, according to Julien.

The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, Loui Eriksson, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Bracken Kearns, Chris Kelly, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Dan Paille, Tyler Randell, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg

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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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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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Milan Lucic still recovering from wrist surgery, not sure of contractual future 09.15.14 at 2:28 pm ET
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ANTIOCH, Tenn. — Milan Lucic told reporters back in Boston Monday that he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for 12 weeks following his offseason surgery.

Lucic, who underwent the procedure on his left wrist following the Bruins’€™ second-round defeat to the Canadiens, said that he figures he’€™ll be limited to begin training camp, and that he’€™ll be cautious as he continues to regain strength.

“I haven’t been able to do a pushup until a week ago just because of it being right there on the joint,” Lucic said. “€œBut still, that’s something you’ve got to work at with rehab. It’s gotten better over the last week and you’ve got some time here before the season starts. As camp goes along here, you want to get your legs and everything underneath you, but you still have time to build your strength up until the season starts.”

Lucic was pretty candid about his contractual situation. With two years remaining on his contract with an annual salary cap hit of $6 million, Lucic might be tough to fit under the salary cap given Boston’€™s current cap situation. Peter Chiarelli recently signed David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension, but said on Sunday that he ‘€œcan’€™t sign everybody.’€

The 26-year-old Lucic said that with all eyes on Boston’€™s cap, he’€™s thinking about his own future.

“€œIt’s hard not to. I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t think about it at all,”€ Lucic said. “With two years left on this contract and when I come out of it, I come out of it as a UFA. You kind of see the direction that the team is going — they just signed Krech for six more years after this one, and obviously he’s a guy I want to play with. My plan’s as far as my future goes is to stay here and stay put in Boston, but obviously a lot of things are going to happen in the next year and two years, but I hope that both sides can keep me here for a long, long time.”

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Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly undergo surgery 05.23.14 at 1:23 pm ET
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Both Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly have undergone surgery for injuries suffered this season and are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to a statement released by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Lucic suffered a left wrist injury of Game 7 of the second round against the Canadiens, while Kelly missed the entire postseason with a herniated disk in his back.

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