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Bruins complete fitness testing to kick off training camp

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 16, 2011 12:59 PM

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The Bruins have wrapped up their physicals and fitness testing at TD Garden. They will have their first on-ice sessions tomorrow at the Garden (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).

According to Claude Julien, there were no red flags during the physicals and everybody reported to camp in good shape. Tuukka Rask (knee) and Nathan Horton (shoulder) will not be facing limitations during camp.

“Ready to get going again,” Julien said. “The summer’s been a great summer, a lot of fun. But for us, it’s 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. That’s what we want to see. Now we’ve just got to go out there and prove we’re ready to go, understanding that there’s going to be challenges along the way.”

* One of the tasks that management and the coaching staff must take on is finding an alternate captain to replace Mark Recchi. Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg are among the leading candidates.

* Main camp is split into two groups. The Bruins have tried to pair veterans and rookies, while putting passers with shooters. For example, Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton are both in Group B. Last year, Chara spent most of camp paired with Steven Kampfer.

* Garden practices tomorrow and Sunday are free and open to the public. If the NBA lockout continues, expect more in-season practices to take place at the Garden. During the regular season, Garden practices are closed, so take advantage of this weekend’s access.


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