'State of the Bruins' town hall meeting takes place Thursday
September 17, 2009, 3:27 PM
By: Matt Kalman
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins will debut the sweater to be worn during the 2010 Winter Classic on Thursday night at the "State of the Bruins" town hall meeting for season-ticket holders at TD Garden.
We'll have complete coverage of the event and the sweater this evening.
Steps for Savard and Krejci
A couple of the Bruins' recovering centers continued to practice without much hindrance.
Marc Savard, who has been held out of games so far as a precaution because of a slight knee problem, said he's eager to get into a game this weekend.
"I don't think it's necessarily for any other reason than me making my lineup," said head coach Claude Julien, explaining that if Savard doesn't play it won't be for medical reasons. "It'll be a choice of mine more than anything else."
Meanwhile, David Krejci, still working his way back after hip surgery, has started to take contact during drills. One particular drill today left Krejci down behind the net after a four-man battle for the puck.
"The guys just hit me like they don't care," said Krejci, who noted that his ability to take some hits is a good sign.
Second-year winger Jordan Knackstedt tested poorly before the on-ice portion of camp started and had to begin by skating with a group of injured players prior to the main sessions. Thursday was his second day of skating with the big group after he finally convinced the Bruins' brass he was ready with a couple of solid bike rides.
"I felt all right. The run [before camp] didn't go as well as I thought I guess. So I've rebounded back and now I'm good to go," he said today after practice.
Knackstedt spent his first pro season last year at Providence of the American Hockey League and he projects to be a top-nine forward there this year. He put up 10-16-26 totals in 71 games for the P-Bruins.
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade. Send any questions for Matt to his mailbag and he might answer them in his Bruins mailbag.