BOSTON -- When he showed up for informal skates in Wilmington a couple weeks ago, Boston Bruins center David Krejci boasted that he could be ready for opening night Oct. 1, despite early projections that he wouldn't be ready to play until November after offseason hip surgery.
Monday on Day 2 of training camp, Krejci tempered his expectations for the opening night game against Washington at TD Garden.
"What do we have 17 days, 2½ weeks? Umm ... I don't know. I'll say there might be a little chance [of playing in the opener]," said Krejci, who skated in a small pre-practice group and then did non-contact drills with the first split squad Monday morning. "Not a big one. Maybe 10 percent. I can't say that there's zero percent because I feel pretty good on the ice. But I don't know what it will be one week from now. I think I probably won't be ready, but there's a little chance."
Krejci said toward the end of his 55 minutes of skating he started to feel some discomfort and left the ice. When he skates straight or crosses over to the left, he feels fine. But when he crosses over to the right, "that's where it hurts," he said. "It feels like it's not healed yet. I'd say it's the only thing when I'm crossing to the right side."
As eager as he is to be cleared for full contact, Krejci said he wants to be 100 percent. That's understandable considering the Bruins' second-leading scorer played through pain all of last season. Doctors have assured Krejci that when he's 100 percent, the pain will be a distant memory.
Matt Kalman is the Bruins blogger for ESPNBoston.com.