It’s probably the easiest thing, to just lay back and act like the hard part is over. But it’s the exact opposite. Just making this team, it was a big challenge, but sticking with it is a whole different story.
Obviously a tough end of the playoffs for him - we all missed him, he’s such a great teammate. He recovered so well and he worked so hard to be back so he wouldn’t have to miss any games or time from the beginning of the season, and he did a tremendous job to be able to be in great shape. He’s such an important part for our team; it’s hard to replace guys like that.
With physical testing kicking off Boston’s 2013-14 Training Camp on Wednesday (before they hit the ice on Day 2), the players have worked themselves into their best physical shape, on and off the ice.
But, their mindsets need to be in order, as well. All of the physical tests take place in front of the B’s brass, so the sharpness and focus has to be in line.
"Oh man, the anxiety," Torey Krug said, when I asked him from a player’s perspective, what the emotions are heading into the first day of camp. "You prepare all summer. You know, I have so much confidence going into the testing that I’m going to do better than last summer and pass all of the tests, but there’s just something about it, with the management and coaching staff sitting there, watching the tests and it adds that little element to it."
"And your heart’s racing, and you expend a lot of energy. It’s a tough day, but everyone in here is prepared for it, so it’s something you look forward to."