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Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins testing day

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Haggerty: Thoughts from Bruins testing day

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

BOSTON -- A hockey team is never as well-conditioned and optimistic as they are on the very first day of training camp. So it was with the Stanley Cup champion Bruins on the day they underwent physicals and fitness testing.

The biggest hurdle in the Bs fitness test was a series of sprints that each player must do in under 60 seconds, but there didnt seem to be anybody lagging behind the group among the 53 players invited to main camp.

Well, maybe the goaltenders. But they just need to stop the puck anyway.

Its quite a stretch from the old time hockey days when Claude Julien was a player, and NHL skaters would roll into camp out of shape after toiling through a second job during the summer.

For these Bruins it was about partying and celebrating the Cup win for two or three weeks before getting right back into working out with an eye toward todays Sept. 16 return date at TD Garden.

It feels good to get going again, said Claude Julien. Its been a great summer and a lot of fun, but for us its time to turn the page and get back to work. I think our players are in the right frame of mind in regards to that and thats what we wanted to see.

Now we just have to go out there and prove that were ready to go while understanding theres going to be challenges out there. Being Stanley Cup champions means teams will be playing their best against us every night. We understand that.

With that in mind, here are a few observations from the first glance at the players on testing day:
Tyler Seguin said he gained 10 pounds and Bs GM Peter Chiarelli told me Seguin was up to 196 pounds when he arrived in Boston last week. Chiarelli also thought the 19-year-old might have grown an inch as well, and it all speaks to just how much Seguin is still developing. Despite a picture or two online of Seguin living it up in Boston immediately after the Cup win, the kid put in the work over the summer and should be a bigger, stronger, better version of himself this year.
Adam McQuaid looks like he swallowed a barbell or two over the summer on Prince Edward Island, and clearly hasnt let his long term contract extension affect his work ethic. McQuaid was already a tough customer over the last two seasons, but - as the great Mr. T once said -- I pity the fool who messes with a buffed up Mullet this season.
Not a hint of Marc Savard in the locker room, on the tip of players tongues or among the training camp milieu. Bruins coach Claude Julien actually mentioned Savard as a player in the past tense when talking about him, and it appears the Bs have truly moved on from a player that may not ever be coming back.

Sadly, Savards biggest contribution to this years team may be the 4 million cap hit wiped off Bostons cap ledger that will give Chiarelli and Co. upwards of 9 million in cap space to play with during the season.

He was part of our team last year. Certainly that injury was a big blow to him and to our team, but we made sure to include him as part of our Stanley Cup celebration, said Julien. We hope to see him here down the road because he was a part of our hockey club. We have not forgotten him.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

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Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame

The Bruins will once again be taking things outdoors and participating in their third Winter Classic in franchise history, but for the first time they won’t be hosting the NHL’s centerpiece event. The B’s announced on Saturday afternoon that they’ll be facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic that will be played at iconic Notre Dame Stadium. Both the Bruins and Blackhawks aren’t exactly strangers to the outdoor showcase, and per usual the Black and Gold are happy to be part of a big deal event for the league.

“The Boston Bruins are excited to be playing in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic against another storied Original Six franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Bruins President Cam Neely, in a press release. “The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue. We hope that by participating in these large scale and unique NHL events we can bring Bruins fans new hockey experiences, and that we can use these opportunities to help grow our great game and attract new fans.”

There will be some natural storylines for the game including the rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final participants, and a return to Notre Dame for Fighting Irish forward Anders Bjork after playing three seasons in South Bend. The Bruins/Blackhawks Winter Classic matchup was first reported by Barstool Sports almost two weeks ago, but it wasn’t until Saturday that any of the officials involved were ready to confirm the game.

The Bruins will be in their third Winter Classic after hosting the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Fenway Park in 2010 in an overtime win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and at Gillette Stadium in 2016 in a blowout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.  It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in 2017.

Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

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Morning Skate: Golden Knights happy to get Malcolm Subban back

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching old Super Friends episodes with my 4-year-old on a Saturday morning.

*Has anybody ever been as excited to get a healthy Malcolm Subban back in the lineup as the Vegas Golden Knights are this weekend? Pro Hockey Talk is asking the question, and I think I can honestly answer with a resounding “No.” We’ll see if he’s actually worth all the excitement, but obviously, he’s better than what the injury-plagued Golden Knights had in the interim.

*The Buffalo Sabres continue to get very little return for any of the investments they’ve made in the team over the last couple of years.

*Ryan Suter knows what it takes to remain among the NHL defenseman workhorses in the NHL, and he is consistently there year in and year out.

*Dustin Brown has been a resurgent performer for the Los Angeles Kings this season and is one of the big storylines behind their turnaround.

*The Detroit Red Wings are beginning to more openly adopt Jeff Blashill’s speed game, but the question is how much that will pay dividends for them.

*For something completely different: Good piece in the Boston Globe about Danny Ainge’s relationship with recently passed Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.