Kelly, McQuaid, Seidenberg at B's captain's practice

Kelly, McQuaid, Seidenberg at B's captain's practice
September 2, 2014, 2:30 pm
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WILMINGTON – In a good sign in the health department, a number of Bruins players coming back from injury jumped on the ice Tuesday for the first day of captain’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. Adam McQuaid (ankle surgery), Chris Kelly (back surgery) and Dennis Seidenberg (right knee surgery) all had their 2013-14 seasons ended by injury, but they looked fit and strong as they participated, with 18 others, in the informal B’s practice session organized and run by Patrice Bergeron.

McQuaid missed Boston’s last 34 regular-season games and all 12 playoff games with several lower body injuries, and finally had ankle surgery in May. Kelly waited until after the playoffs were over to have surgery on a herniated disc that forced him to miss Boston’s entire playoff run.

Seidenberg blew out his right knee back in December. He never made it back on ice, though he probably would have been able to return had the Bruins had qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.

Included among the B’s participants were Bergeron, McQuaid, Kelly, Seidenberg, Daniel Paille, Loui Eriksson and Tuukka Rask, along with prospective B’s skaters in Justin Florek, Bobby Robins, David Warsofsky and David Pastrnak. There were a number of non-Bruins personnel skating with the team as well.

Shawn Thornton was decked out head to toe in Florida Panthers gear skating with his former teammates, and former B’s defenseman Hal Gill and Phoenix Coyotes D-man Keith Yandle also took part in the session. Gill hasn’t signed with an NHL team, and may be looking at a veteran training camp invite after spending last season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Also among the players skating in Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday were defenseman Steve Eminger and Providence Bruins forward Brian Ferlin, as well as Zach Trotman and Tommy Cross.