Bruins camp cuts coming at end of weekend

Bruins camp cuts coming at end of weekend
September 13, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The Bruins opened camp with 51 fresh-faced hockey players looking to make a good impression, and they did just that while passing the Wednesday morning fitness testing with flying colors. The lack of training camp roster cuts in the first couple of days also spoke to none of the 51 hockey bodies looking out of place among the crashing and banging of an NHL camp.

But the Bruins will eventually pare down to roughly 22 players for their final roster headed into the NHL regular season, and those cuts could come very quickly as the Bruins push the fast forward button on the preseason. Boston will open their exhibition schedule with a Monday night tilt against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, and a handful of players could already be released from camp by that point.

The Bruins will play back-to-back road games against the Habs and Washington Capitals on Monday and Tuesday, and the expectation is that larger round of cuts will take place after those two games.

“It’s something Peter [Chiarelli] and I will talk about as we go along here,” said Julien. “Sometimes there are certain guys where it’s pretty clear you need to bring the group down a little bit. But at the same time we have a lot of games, and you don’t want to overtax certain veterans that played a lot last year.

“So you keep guys around and give them a look while resting some of the veterans.”

Some clubs, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, already made their preliminary training camp cuts heading into this weekend while the Black and Gold still field their full roster.