After completing a two-day, team-building retreat in Stowe, Vt., the Boston Bruins returned to the practice ice Tuesday in Waterbury, Vt.
Both David Krejci (back spasms) and Carl Soderberg (ankle) missed practice. Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Soderberg is doubtful for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday at TD Garden. Krejci is expected to practice on Wednesday.
“We’re hoping to see David on the ice [Wednesday],” Julien told reporters. “We’re optimistic about that. Soderberg, again, he’s just being evaluated. There’s some swelling, so we don’t know exactly until that swelling goes down a little bit more. He’s a little bit longer and I would say doubtful for Thursday, highly doubtful. David, we’re optimistic things are going to go well for him.”
Krejci missed the preseason finale last Friday against the Winnipeg Jets, while Soderberg’s skate caught a rut in the ice during the game, resulting in his injury.
Julien also announced Krejci has been named the team’s second assistant captain and will share the "A" with teammate Chris Kelly.