There were a couple of new additions to the Bruins informal skating mix on Tuesday morning at Agganis Arena. Bs defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg both were on the ice with their teammates while forward Tyler Seguin was missing after heading back to Toronto before returning for the expected start of NHL training camp this weekend.
Boychuk arrived in Boston this weekend from a two-month stint with the Salzburg Red Bulls in Austria and Seidenberg arrived in Boston on Monday after finishing up his stint with the Mannheim Eagles in the German League. Needless to say theyre excited to be back in Boston.
I actually drove by the TD Garden this morning and got a really good feeling as I was driving by, said Seidenberg. I cant wait to get back out on that ice.
Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Adam McQuaid, Andrew Ference and Tuukka Rask joined the newcomers out on the ice for a high-intensity skate that featured some battle drills around the net along with the typical skating components.
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and free agent forward Jay Pandalfo all local products and Whitney, Pandalfo BU alums joined the Bruins players on the ice. Former NHL forward and BU star Mike Grier led the players through their paces on the frozen sheet, and former Northeastern University goaltender Adam Geragosian son of BU goalie coach Mike Geragosian was on the ice stopping pucks opposite Tuukkas end of the rink.
Whitney and Yandle are expected to be leaving Boston for their NHL destination cities tomorrow, so theres a chance that the Bruins players could be skating at their practice home at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington as early as Thursday.
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was expected to fly into Boston from Europe today, and could join his Bruins teammates on the ice as soon as tomorrow.