Paille, Robins miss Bruins practice

Paille, Robins miss Bruins practice
September 18, 2013, 6:45 pm
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(USA Today Sports)

The Bruins had a pair of missing bodies today from their matching training camp practice sessions, but Claude Julien said the absences of both fourth liner Daniel Paille and AHL enforcer Bobby Robins was no big deal. Paille was missing from the early session with winger Nick Johnson skating in his place alongside Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said following practice that Paille was feeling ill, but was expected to be back out on the ice Thursday preparing for a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Robins was missing practice for “non-hockey related” reasons less than 24 hours after collecting an assist, and dropping the gloves with Washington Capitals skater Dane Byers in his first time suiting up for the Bruins.

“It had nothing to do with anything hockey-related,” said Julien. “He’ll be fine, and he’ll be back tomorrow.”

There weren't any surprises among the players in the first round of cuts that came Wednesday and Chiarelli said there should be more cuts in the next few days as well.

One interesting tidbit from Julien’s media session: the Bruins will obviously continue their leadership structure with Zdeno Chara as team captain and Patrice Bergeron as the first alternate captain, and will also continue to rotate the second “A” as they did last year between Chris Kelly and Andrew Ference in home/road games. Kelly will retain wearing the “A” for half of Boston’s games, but the Bruins will select another letter-worthy player to be paired with him.

“I’ll divulge that at some point,” said Julien. “What we’re going to do is alternate with Kelly. We have too many leaders and it’s important to spread it around. So somebody will step into Ference’s spot.”

Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Shawn Thornton, Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk all wore the “A” in the first two preseason games against the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals, and all would make very good choices, along with Campbell, the returning fourth-line center.