WILMINGTON -- Patrice Bergeron is in New York City representing the Bruins at the NHL media showcase for the rights holders and larger media outlets, but the rest of the Black and Gold roster was present for Friday's captain's practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Rugged defenseman Adam McQuaid and youngsters Matt Bartkowski, Craig Cunningham and Joe Morrow all made their first appearances since the Bruins started skating together more than a week ago. Bartkowski will be competing for one of the top-six defense jobs with the Bruins. Cunningham blossomed last year in his first full season with the P-Bruins. And the 20-year-old Morrow is the former first-round pick and defense prospect who was traded twice within a three-month span last season: once from the Penguins to the Stars in exchange for Brenden Morrow, and then again to the Bruins in the Tyler Seguin/Loui Eriksson trade.
Jordan Caron, who started skating earlier this week, appears to be getting ready in earnest for a battle among a large cast of names for a spot on Boston’s third line this season.
The Bruins skated hard for about a half-hour and then played some four-on-four shinny for the final 20 to 30 minutes before calling it a wrap for the day.
An impressive number of players who participated in Thursday night’s Rock and Jock softball game also answered the bell this morning by showing up to the voluntary practice, a sign of their dedication . . . and, also, perhaps evidence they didn't need much effort to trounce a team of hockey writers, radio DJs and TV personalities by an 18-0 final score in the charity event.
The Bruins will take Saturday off, but will be back it on Sunday morning with the Wednesday, Sept. 11 training camp start date looming.