Bruins open camp today; fans invited to all sessions

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Bruins open camp today; fans invited to all sessions

BOSTON -- For Bruins fans wondering if they can catch a glimpse of their favorite team now that the NHL lockout is over, there will be plenty of opportunities this week.

Training camp starts Sunday with a 1 p.m. on-ice session at TD Garden that will be open to the public, with free parking at the North Station garage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Practices will be held each day of the week -- two at the Garden and four at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington -- leading up to Saturday night's season opener at the Garden against the Rangers.

The only closed session will be a Tuesday morning skate in preparation for that nights intersquad scrimmage at TD Garden at 7 p.m., which will be open to the public. Admission is free but fans will need tickets to enter. Tickets will be available to season-ticket holders and Premium Club clients before they're released to the general public. Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, the general public will be able to secure a maximum of two tickets per person by visiting the TD Garden Box Office or going online at www.bostonbruins.com.

Practices will be held in Wilmington at Ristuccia Arena on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Their was some speculation that a scrimmage would be played between the Boston Bruins players and the Providence Bruins roster, but instead the entire camp roster will be split into two squads. The abbreviated Bruins camp roster is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque, Gregory Campbell, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Jay Pandolfo (professional tryout agreement), Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif and Shawn Thornton.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg and David Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin and Tuukka Rask.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.