Two more Boston Bruins have returned to the United States and joined their teammates for another informal practice at Agganis Arena.
Yesterday’s session had eight Bruins in attendance, but today, two more defensemen are in the lineup: Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg. Boychuk had been playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria and Seidenberg with Germany’s Adler Mannheim.
The rest of yesterday’s attendees–Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, Tuukka Rask, Gregory Campbell, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand–are also at the Boston University home ice.
Seidenberg is excited to be back in Boston and ready to see all his teammates again as they trickle in from points worldwide. Once Daniel Paille comes back from Finland and Patrice Bergeron arrives from Quebec City, though, at least two forward lines will be completely reunited. That will be a fine thing.
HC Mountfield‘s Twitter account picked up on the special sweater Seguin was seen wearing yesterday:
Na tréninku Bostonu vyjel Tyler Seguin v retro dresu Českých Budějovic. Dostal jej jako dárek od Andrew Ference. twitter.com/HC_MOUNTFIELD/…
— HC MOUNTFIELD, a.s. (@HC_MOUNTFIELD) January 8, 2013
Google Translate says that the retro jersey was a gift from Ference, but the real story might be just a little deeper. The young Seguin sometimes gets ideas above his station, apparently, and the older fellas want to put him in his place. Considering the fact that he wore the special Top Scorer helmet and jersey with EHC Biel–he’s still wearing their socks–the guys decided that he would be in a special designation just to give him a bit of a hard time.
Time playing in the Czech Republic served Rask very well. HC Plzen is actually still in first place in the Tipsport Extraliga, even though Rask departed the team not long after Thanksgiving. His good goaltending helped bump them up there, so they’ve just taken the momentum and run with it. Apparently, he’s kind of too good–when he makes great saves in a row on his teammates, they lob him with (well-meaning, I’m sure) insults. Perhaps that will help to answer the question that seems to be on everyone’s minds: is Rask ready?
Another player whose readiness is in question is Lucic. Since he never sought a European team, he is not totally in game shape. Game shape, he said, comes from playing in games and nothing really compares. But he knows he has work to do, so here’s hoping he won’t be the 2013 version of a severely out-of-shape Keith Tkachuk following the 2004-05 lockout.