The Boston Bruins opened camp last Friday, bringing back most of their Stanley Cup Championship team. The Bruins key personal losses this season were retiring Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder to free agency and Tomas Kaberle who the Bruins chose not to resign.
Bruins coach Claude Julien is optimistic about this reasons roster and camp as well as filling in the holes left by Recchi, Kaberle and Ryder.
“There’s no doubt, I like the job our scouts have done because the guys that they have brought in, I have yet to see somebody who wasn’t worthy of coming to our camp or [looks like] he’s over his head,” Julien told BostonBruins.com. “At the same time, I’m not just talking about draft picks, I’m also talking about guys that they’ve invited to camp.”
“They’ve done a really good job of bringing in guys that I think have fit in well,” he said.
Coach Julien and the Bruins held practices on Saturday and Sunday, along with a split squad scrimmage last night. The rosters for each team were:
Goalies: Tim Thomas, Anton Khudobin
Skaters: Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin, Daniel Paille, Andrew Ference, Colby Cohen, Matt Bartkowski, Dennis Seidenberg, Nathan McIver, Steven Kampfer, Zach McKelvie, Rich Peverley,Johnny Boychuk, Kirk MacDonald, Lane MacDermid, Benoit Pouliot, Jamie Tardif, Jamie Arniel, Alexander Khokhlachev, Kyle MacKinnon, Calle Ridderwall
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Michael Hutchinson
Skaters: Joe Corvo, Milan Lucic, Jordan Caron, David Krejci, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Zach Hamill, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Brad Marchand, Chris Clark, Max Sauve, Anthony Camara, Ryan Button, David Warsofsky, Kevan Miller
Captain Zedeno Chara did not play in the scrimmage last night after taking a puck off the inside of his left knee Monday during Bruins practice. Chara left the ice and did not return. He is currently listed as day to day with a contusion. Julien didn’t seem worried about the captain missing the scrimmage last night.
“If he needs an extra day, we’ll give him an extra day,” Julien said. “If he’s OK tomorrow, then he’ll go. We’ll see. Just a day-by-day bruise — a shot inside the leg.”
The Bruins played a scrimmage last night in Providence at the Dunkin’ donuts Center splitting the squads in the Black vs. White intra-squad game. The Black team starter Tim Thomas in net for the first half of the game stopping eight of nine shots, while back-up Tuukka Rask played the first half for the white team stopping 15 of 16 shots.
The big surprise of the scrimmage was the Bruins youngest player Alex Khokhlachev, who scored two goals in the black teams 4-1 victory. Khokhlachev, who just turned 18 earlier this month, knows that one scrimmage does not mean he will make the team.
“Every day they could send me home, so every day I just go to the ice or work out really hard,” Khokhlachev or “Koko” as he is now referred to by teammates told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com. “I’m happy here just working and getting a chance right now. I hope I get a chance to play in some of the other [preseason] games against the NHL teams.”
Khokhlachev opened and closed the scoring for Team Black, while Daniel Paille and Lane MacDermid put in the second and third goal. Ryan Spooner scored the lone goal for Team White.
Chris Clark showed the type of grit in the first preseason game that helped the B’s lift Lord Stanley’s Cup last summer, by getting into a physical play with Tyler Seguin. Clark physically overmatched Seguin who was put to the ice before skating over to the bench and slamming his stick. Clark also gave a few chops with his stick to Colby Cohen towards the end of the second period before being called for slashing.
Defensemen Joe Corvo left in the first period of the scrimmage with a “mild lower-body injury.”
The Boston Bruins open up the preseason tonight against the Ottawa Senators at 7:30 pm ET.