The voluntary Boston Bruins practices are getting busy at Warrior Arena as the bulk of the B’s roster has filtered in ahead of the New Year. The early arrival isn’t much of a surprise given that Bruins players were all required to quarantine ahead of formal training camp set to begin on Jan. 3, but it’s still a beautiful site to see hockey getting going in earnest.
Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins group that skated together on Tuesday, and forwards Anders Bjork, Charlie Coyle, Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic, Ondrej Kase, David Krejci, Par Lindholm, Sean Kuraly, Karson Kuhlman, Greg McKegg, Zach Senyshyn, Craig Smith, Jack Studnicka and Chris Wagner have been spotted on the ice.
Both Brad Marchand (sports hernia) and David Pastrnak (hip surgery) have not been spotted skating with the rest of the group as they rehab from offseason surgery, but Boston Bruins President Cam Neely did indicate last week Marchand has been on the ice a couple of times. The B’s top line left winger appears to be significantly ahead of Pastrnak in their respective recoveries at this point.
Here’s a video of the Bruins group’s most recent voluntary workout (courtesy of the Boston Bruins) with most of the NHL roster already on the ice getting ready to get going after last summer’s second round elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Charlie McAvoy, Urho Vaakanainen and Jakub Zboril have been on the ice representing the defensemen corps. Unsigned Zdeno Chara has not been practicing with the Bruins as he usually does ahead of training camp, and the 43-year-old was believed to be working out on his own in Florida as recently as last week.
All the signs continue to point toward a separation between the Bruins and Chara at this point, though there’s always a chance the stars could align for his 15th season if the circumstances make sense for both sides.
Tuukka Rask and Daniel Vladar have been spotted in the volunteer workouts at Warrior Arena as well, representing the goaltenders. The good news is that so many of the Bruins players have reported, quarantined and are now skating, there doesn’t appear to be the same kind of potential issues as last summer when both Kase and Pastrnak missed all of training camp after exposure to a positive COVID-19 individual forced them to quarantine a second time.
The Bruins are readying for their NHL season opener on Jan. 14 on the road against the New Jersey Devils, and will have a league seven games nationally broadcast on NBC Sports this season as well:
Wednesday, February 3 @ Philadelphia Flyers, NBCSN
Wednesday, February 10 @ New York Rangers, NBCSN
Sunday, February 21 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, NBC
Sunday, February 28 @ New York Rangers, NBC
Wednesday, March 3 vs. Washington Capitals, NBCSN
Sunday, April 18 vs. Washington Capitals, NBC
Sunday, April 25 @ Pittsburgh Penguins, NBC