BOSTON -- There were a few new faces for the Bruins at Wednesdays informal skate as Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly were all at Agganis Arena this morning. All three had played previously in Europe over the last four months with Bergeron wrapping up around Jan. 1 at the end of the Spengler Cup and Chara flying into Boston on Tuesday to join his teammates for a week of workouts.
Kelly was back from his stint in Switzerland weeks ago, and drove from Ottawa to his residence in Boston within the last couple of days. All expressed happiness at getting back on the ice and being reunited for a 2013 NHL season thats expected to get moving with training camp this weekend.
Its good to see the guys and Im very excited to get started, said Bergeron. Im happy to be back and be able to step on the ice at the Garden pretty soon. Im excited.
In all 11 Bruins players were on the ice as the player roster begins to fill out with the familiar faces. Bergeron, Chara and Kelly were joined by Tyler Seguin who returned after a quick trip to Toronto Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic as well as NHL veteran Jay Pandolfo. The Bruins teammates were passing around Seguin's EHC Biel jersey to wear and cracking jokes throughout the skate at BU. Kelly lamented he wasn't able to don the special Biel helmet with the flames shooting out of the side that notates the team's leading scorer -- a piece of equipment Seguin wore early and often in Switzerland.
Johnny Boychuk skated on Tuesday at BU, but was missing from the Black and Gold contingent on Wednesday.
For the second straight day the high-tempo practice organized by former NHL forward Mike Grier was full of high-energy skating drills and battle drills around the net. This time, however, the practice ended with a group of penalty shots from the Bruins players on Rask and former Northeastern goaltender Adam Geragosian, who has been helping Bruins players at practice. Its expected that the Bruins players could move their informal skates over to the team practice facility at Ristuccia Arena as soon as Thursday morning.