BOSTON -- It's only Day 1 of on-ice sessions for the Boston Bruins during training camp, but the new line combinations looked pretty darn sexy.
As expected, newcomers Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson were placed on the first and second line, respectively. Iginla was on the right wing with center David Krejci and left winger Milan Lucic. Eriksson was on the right side with center Patrice Bergeron and left winger Brad Marchand.
"It was just the first practice, so it's kind of hard to say, but so far what I've seen, I really like it," Krejci said. "I hope we're going to have an even better day tomorrow, and when the first preseason game comes, if we stay together, [that] we're going to have a good game.
"He's a great player, so I'm excited," Krejci said of Iginla. "Hopefully he's going to put the puck in the net and make me a better player."
Iginla's presence gives Boston's top line two legit power forwards.
* Plenty of times leading into camp, Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron said he was 95 percent healthy from his torn cartilage, broken rib, separated shoulder and collapsed lung that he suffered during Games 4, 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup finals last June. He admitted he was feeling some tenderness around the rib area, but he participated in all drills on Thursday with no ill effects. He was working in the corners and had no issues with contact.
“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “I felt it a couple of times in one or two battles but it doesn’t seem to linger after it. It’s there. It stays for about 30 seconds or so and then it goes away. I think it’s good news. I’m going to have to go through that for a couple of weeks and it should be fine. The medical staff is not worried about it, so I’m not worried about it.”
If games were to start today, he wouldn't be cleared to play but he's hoping to get into exhibition games soon. The same is true for forward Gregory Campbell. He broke his right fibula during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on June 5, but he's already back on the ice.
Julien said he's pleased with Campbell's progress.
"I think he looked good," the coach said. "He’s skating well, and I don’t think that’s the issue right now with him as far as his skating and all that stuff. It’s more about the contact part of it. You have to make sure it’s healed well enough that it doesn’t fracture itself again. And you saw there was a little bit of bumping and it’s at that stage where it’s so close. But training camp is where you’re able to be a little bit more cautious. The regular season doesn’t start for almost a month, so it gives him time to recover properly and give our doctors a better feeling of saying ‘we feel confident that he can play now.’ "
* With the management and coaching staffs telling the younger players that there are a few spots to push for, Day 1 of on-ice sessions didn't disappoint. Thursday's DITR (diamond in the rough) goes to newcomer Reilly Smith. He was on the line with veteran Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron. Smith was acquired from Dallas as part of the Tyler Seguin trade. Smith, 22, has 40 games of NHL experience with the Stars. During line drills Thursday morning, he and Kelly seemed as if they've been linemates for more than just one day.