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Bruce Cassidy: Bruins will be 'ready to go' after drama-free training camp

Bruce Cassidy: Bruins will be 'ready to go' after drama-free training camp

BOSTON — The Bruins finally took the sports car out of the garage for their preseason finale on Saturday afternoon, and boy did it look impressive.

Bruins wingers David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk became the first pair of Bruins with hat tricks in the same game since the 1960’s and Boston blew the doors off a glorified AHL Blackhawks team, 8-2, that traveled to Boston in the final weekend of training camp. The Bruins got some power play work for their top unit in the first period en route to a couple of power play goals, nearly every healthy B’s regular — aside from David Krejci and Joakim Nordstrom — got into some preseason action and the team looked physically and mentally ready to start the regular season on Thursday night.

That’s really the name of the game in the preseason for a group coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Final that should be a well-oiled machine once the real bullets start flying.

“Physically, I believe we are [ready],” said Bruce Cassidy, when asked if the Bruins are ready to go for the regular season on Thursday. “Obviously [David Krejci] is a part of that. I’ve said I believe he’ll be ready [for opening night], but that’ll be up to him.

“I’ve been told that he should be ready to go. Mentally, I don’t have any doubt that we’ll be ready to play. We’ve had too many veteran guys that are just hockey guys and they like playing. So, we’ll be ready to go in that part. Are we good enough? That you never know until the puck drops at the start of the year.”

Certainly things can change once the regular season gets going as they found out when they were pounded by the Washington Capitals on opening night in DC last season. But for all of the bitterness and heartbreak that Bruins fans are still harboring about the way things ended in Game 7 of the Cup Final last spring, Saturday afternoon was a reminder that this Bruins team is a pretty awesome offensive force that blow most NHL teams cleanly out of the water with their top line and their top five-man power play unit.

After a training camp where all of the drama was sucked out of it once Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo signed following the opening weekend of practices, this Bruins showed on Saturday afternoon they are ready to go for the real thing just a few days from now.

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Julian Edelman has dinner with David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy

Julian Edelman has dinner with David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, Charlie McAvoy

It looks like Julian Edelman is enjoying his offseason by hanging out with a few of his friends from the black and gold. 

David Pastrnak, Sean Kuraly, and Charlie McAvoy joined Edelman for dinner at Monica's Trattoria in the North End before their matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

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Oh, and did we mention some members of the Golden Knights were there ahead of their Tuesday night clash with the Bruins? Talk about a popular restaurant.

It's always nice to see members of the Boston teams intermingle, especially when it brings guys like Edelman and Pastrnak together. We just have one question, though... did Pastrnak order the pasta?

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Positive news for Kevan Miller as he skates on his own for first time

Positive news for Kevan Miller as he skates on his own for first time

The Bruins got some encouraging health news this week as injured B’s defenseman Kevan Miller was able to skate on his own for 15 minutes Sunday at Warrior Ice Arena while the rest of the team was in Pittsburgh.

The 32-year-old Miller has been out all season while trying to return from two different kneecap injuries suffered last season that kept him out of the entire postseason and limited him to just three games since the beginning of March. Miller underwent a procedure to assist in the healing process last month when he underwent a setback while trying to return earlier this season, so Sunday’s twirl was his first chance to get back on the ice and skate.

For a player that hasn’t played in almost a year now like Miller, any news is good news.

“That’s step one,” said Bruce Cassidy. “That’s a positive.”

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Certainly, it’s good news, but it’s also the very beginning of a recovery process that Miller has already experienced setbacks to a couple of times. Given the normal timetable for players just returning to the ice from an injury, it would be at least 7-10 days before Miller would be anywhere close to returning to game action.

The Bruins will have their All-Star break and bye week over the next 10 days, so it would be at least a few weeks before Miller would be ready to return barring the kind of setbacks that have plagued him since suffering the kneecap injuries.

It remains very much an uphill battle for the rugged D-man in the last year of his contract with the Bruins, but he’s also a tough-minded player that the B’s have absolutely missed during last year’s playoff run and this season. Some of the perceived ability to push these Bruins players around on the ice is because they don’t have the hardnosed 6-foot-2, 210-pound Miller out there to protect his teammates.

Given Zdeno Chara’s age and Charlie McAvoy’s inconsistency this season, Brandon Carlo has ably carried a very heavy load for the Bruins as a big-bodied shutdown defenseman that’s playing big minutes and in all situations for the Black and Gold. Adding Miller to the Bruins group would Carlo some company in the tough guy category and would also limit the amount of ice time they have to give to John Moore, who has been inconsistent for the Black and Gold since returning from shoulder surgery last month.

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