Morning Free Association: Back in Action for Summer

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Yesterday, NHL training camps opened. After four months off, the Bruins players seemed to be happy to be back together. Whether it was Bruce Cassidy weighing in on the general mood,

“I really liked it. And I think guys are happy to be back together. They enjoy each other and are obviously looking forward to be back to work.”

or Patrice Bergeron talking about what it was like to be back,

“Normalcy is something that we were all kind of seeking throughout this whole pandemic. It was hard for everyone. I’m talking about just life in general, it was hard for everyone. It affected a lot of people in different ways. It’s one step towards a little bit more normalcy.”

it seems like the team will function just about as well as they did before the pause. Of course, everyone has to get used to new personal protective equipment and the many ways they need to test in order to stay healthy. However, those skaters who returned for Phase 2 are used to it and can focus on their conditioning and practicing.

David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase were both absent and the head coach was limited in what he could say about it to press via Zoom. He stated that “they were unable to practice, unable to be here” as their status.

“Because of the timing of when they got here, they have to have enough tests,” said Cassidy. “The rest of the guys, there’s some guys going out in a later group simply because of numbers and the other guys just aren’t able to be here. I would expect a few more would join us [on Tuesday] and we’ll go from there on a daily basis from here on out.””

Practice had to be staggered into main and secondary practice. In the main group, Anders Bjork was bumped up to 2RW and Sean Kuraly got a tryout at 3RW, his off-side, due to the two Czech RWs absence. Par Lindholm filled in at 4C.

“It’s Day 1, right? So, we have the luxury of doing some of these things now,” said Cassidy. “I thought Lindy did a real good job in the middle there. Kuraly, we can move him to different spots in the lineup. Obviously, someone would get bumped then. That’s what we did today, tried him on the right side.

“Got two guys that can take draws, a pretty accountable line. Does it free up Sean to be a little more creative offensively, who knows? We’ll look at it in practice and see if there’s any merit to it.”

After practice, Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug spoke with media.

We’ll save Torey Krug for tomorrow because there’s a lot to say.

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Hi folks. Ventured into town this morning (not London, the little town near where I live). Lots of people about and lots of masks. Both weird and good to see!

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