Tuukka Rask, Torey Krug, Charlie Coyle and David Krejci were among the Boston Bruins who returned to training camp Monday.

Tuukka Rask, Torey Krug, Charlie Coyle and David Krejci were among the Boston Bruins who returned to training camp Monday.

Tuukka Rask, Torey Krug, Charlie Coyle and David Krejci were among the Boston Bruins who returned to training camp Monday.The goalie, defenseman and forwards were all out Saturday.
Forwards Sean Kuraly and Nick Ritchie were also back. The Bruins were without defenseman Charlie McAvoy, and forwards David Pastrnak, Ondrej Kase and Chris Wagner. It was the fourth straight practice missed by Pastrnak and Kase.
Nine players were absent Saturday, when coach Bruce Cassidy had hoped to do a full-team scrimmage. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.
“Any player that misses a day here, it’s not that big a deal,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Sunday. “When you’re starting to miss weeks on end, which we’ve had a couple players that will be in that category, you certainly have rust that you’ll have to knock off.”
Pastrnak, who returned to the Czech Republic after the NHL season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, missed the first two days of camp. Sweeney said that Pastrnak’s return was held up because of quarantine rules for players arriving from Europe. Pastrnak practiced on July 15, but was ruled “unfit to partipate” the next day and hasn’t practiced since.
Pastrnak scored 48 goals this season, tying for the NHL lead with Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.
“We do have players that had been skating quite a bit leading up to [training camp], but the timing more than anything, continuity with your linemates, situations that you have to work through as you go through practices, you’re going to have to hopefully get them up to full speed when you do have them back in a shorter period of time. It’s not ideal by any means,” Sweeney said.
The Bruins, who finished with the best record in the NHL (44-14-12, .714 points percentage) will play in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in Toronto, the Eastern Conference hub city, against the Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, .657), Capitals (41-20-8 .652), and Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7, .645) to determine seeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Boston’s first game is against Philadelphia on Aug. 2.
“As we get closer to moving to the hub, we certainly would like to have the full component of our group at some point in time to be able to practice at the level and execute at the level we expect them to when we are playing games,” Sweeney said.

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