WILMINGTON, MA -- Milan Lucic wasnt present at Thursdays training camp session at Ristuccia Arena, but it wasnt injury-related according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.
Lucic was absent for personal reasons and was expected back at the Bruins practice arena for work on Friday morning. In his place veteran winger Jay Pandolfo was bumped up to the top line working with David Krejci and Nathan Horton, and every other pairing and line combination stayed as its been for the rest of the week.
It was for personal reasons, said Julien. There are no injury issues or anything.
Julien had one of his good one-liners when asked his thoughts about No. 17s performance thus far in training camp after avoiding the ice for much of November and December during the lockout.
Well, he was great today, said Julien of the absent forward. I dont know why we keep bringing Looch up because hes no different than anybody else. Hes a big body that is working hard to get himself into game shape.
As Ive mentioned before its a lot tougher for bigger bodies than it is for smaller ones. Like a lot of guys right now hes trying to find his way and his game, and all Ive asked those guys to do is work hard and work through it. Thats what theyre doing.
Lucics wife, Brittney, was due with their first child at the end of this month, so that stands to be a logical reason for the excused absence from practice.
According to the Providence Journal Ryan Spooner, Matt Bartkowski and Jamie Tardif will be sent back to the Providence Bruins as the first round of cuts, and arent expected to back at training camp on Friday. That means David Warsofsky and Lane MacDermid will continue to practice with the rest of the Bruins skaters in camp.
Also, injured forward Jordan Caron (upper body) skated with the Bruins training staff prior to Thursdays practice and seems to be getting closer to being ready for active duty. Its unclear whether Caron would be elevated to the Boston roster as soon as hes healthy, or if hell need some time at Providence to work his way back into an NHL roster spot after struggling through the AHL season.