Krejci joins Bruins at captain's practice

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Krejci joins Bruins at captain's practice

The remaining incumbent members of the Boston Bruins roster appeared at the Ristuccia Arena practice facility on Friday morning, meaning that every returning member of the Black and Gold is back in Boston. Playmaking Czech center David Krejci and No. 1 goaltender from Kazakhstan Anton Khudobin were both out on the practice ice for a captains practice held in anticipation of this weekends training camp.

It feels good to good to be here, said Krejci, who finished with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games for HC Pardubice over the last three months in his native Czech Republic while waiting for the end of the lockout. Its been a long road and Im excited to get into some games in our building in front of our fans. It should be fun. I cant wait.

Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton is expected to be joining the group at Sundays opening of training camp along with Providence call-ups Chris Bourque, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky.

Johnny Boychuk and Tyler Seguin were missing from the frozen sheet, but attendance wasnt mandatory with the official start to the Bruins season kicking off on Sunday morning.

NHL free agent Jay Pandolfo skated in Boston Bruins gear along with the rest of the Bruins players a measure of thanks from the local Bs players that had been skating at Boston University each day thanks to the efforts of the Burlington native and former NHL forward Mike Grier at a high tempo practice that should help prepare everyone for a quick six-day training camp.

There have also been whispers of a Thursday night scrimmage between the Bruins players and the Providence Bruins at TD Garden to get the skaters ready for impending NHL game play, but nothing has been confirmed by the team at this point in time.

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”