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Bruins Beat: Trots Paired with Zee

Since Training Camp began, second-year pro Zach Trotman has been paired with Zdeno Chara on the blueline — and “Trots” is taking full advantage of the experience.

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Training Camp Officially Opens

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."

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Counting Down the Days: New-Look Roster, Positional Battles

BostonBruins.com - Training Camp is less than a month away. As I wrote in Part One of “Counting Down the Days,” mid-August is one of the toughest months for a hockey fan. It’s close enough to ramp up the countdowns until the preseason, home opener, and so forth. But just far enough away to feel like an eternity to the fan waiting for the first glimpse of ice.

Among all of the countdowns, there is one date I look forward to the most - the start of camp. This year, the Bruins’ 22-day preseason consisting of a full Training Camp and slate of seven exhibition games, kicks off on Wednesday, September 11.

The previous blog post highlights how the absence of a lockout, and the Black & Gold’s clear focus heading into camp this year will help this new-look B’s roster (and you as hockey fans) get ready for 2013-14.

I also gave [pretty obvious] reasons why I look forward to camp, and why it’s a significant time for the team — teammates get acclimated into the locker room, different linemates begin to develop chemistry, coaches try various line and defensive pairing combinations to find a player’s best fit and healthy competition breaks out among those vying for a spot on the opening night roster.

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Counting Down the Days: No Lockout, Full Training Camp on Tap for B's

BostonBruins.com - Mid-August for a hockey fan is the biggest teaser. You start counting down the days, but the end date still seems so far away. You may check off the days until the season opener, the first preseason game when the new-look roster first steps into action, or the date of a game you’ll see in-person… The numbers float around on social media and various websites.

For me, there’s one date I zero in on the most. All of the above are important dates, no doubt, and there are others that will emerge - the start of informal captain’s practices which get the B’s back together, the team’s annual golf tournament, etc.

But the beginning of Training Camp on September 11 marks the first official date where the players have to report for the 2013-14 season. It’s an important time, for several obvious reasons. New teammates get acclimated into the locker room, different linemates begin to develop chemistry, coaches try various line and defensive pairing combinations to find a player’s best fit, and healthy competition breaks out among those vying for a spot on the opening night roster.

The team’s identity is reinforced, while systems, special teams and distinct plays are all reviewed. A coach gets to know his new players, and gets his team in line and “on the same page” before the season begins. Camp then stretches into preseason games before the new season kicks off — a time to put the focus of the first week together into action.

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Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic talk about being ready for Saturday’s home opener against the New York Rangers, while defenseman David Warsofsky and NHL vet Jay Pandolfo are excited to still be in the mix for a shot at the B’s lineup.