Yesterday, Torey Krug started skating again after spending much of the summer in a walking boot and ambulating with crutches. He joins Noel Acciari in the red no-contact jerseys performing various drills. While Krug is hoping too be back for the start of the season, he revealed that he spent more time in the boot than he expected so it will take him time to get back to game shape. Acciari expects to be able to play a pre-season game and be ready for season opener.
Meanwhile in China, the other half of the Boston Bruins were practicing in preparation of their game in Beijing on Wednesday. Head coach Bruce Cassidy decided to change up his centermen in his practice lines, moving Jack Studnicka down to the second line and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson up to play between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
Brad Marchand – Jakob Forsback Karlsson – David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk/Martin Bakos – Jack Studnicka – Ryan Donato
Joakim Nordstrom/Peter Cehlarik – Trent Frederic – David Backes
Chris Wagner – Colby Cave – Jordan Szwarz
Urho Vaakanainen/Jakub Zboril – Charlie McAvoy
John Moore – Kevan Miller
Matt Grzelcyk – Brandon Carlo
The two centers are vying for the coveted third line center slot that opened up when Riley Nash left for the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency. Studnicka has been pretty cocky about wanting management to have to make a difficult decision to send him back to juniors. JFK spent last season with the P-Bruins, playing in 58 games scoring 15 goals, 17 assists for 32 points. We’ll see if Cassidy sticks with this lineup for the game in Beijing.