WILMINGTON — Greetings from the Bruins’ Ristuccia resort, where today the Bruins wrapped up their rookie tutelage before moving the freshmen and upper classmen tomorrow to Causeway Street.
Only rookies will work out Friday at the Garden. Vets will report only for physicals, then take to the ice for the first time on Saturday with sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Vets skate at the same times on Sunday. The weekend practices are open to the public.
With Brad Marchand now under contract ($2 million, $3 million) for the next two years, all hands are expected on deck for the start of camp. The only anticipated absentee is team captain Zdeno Chara, who is in Slovakia to attend funeral services of Pavol Demitra. Big Z likely won’t rejoin the Black and Gold until Monday or Tuesday.
The rookies finished up here at approximately 11:30 and scouting boss Jim Benning chatted with the media to share his thoughts about the franchise’s talent pipeline.
Benning said four of the 22 players who skated here today likely will not be with the group that works out over the weekend, which means they’ll be cut or reassigned to their amateur squads. Look for those cuts to be announced later today or tomorrow.
First-round pick Doug Hamilton, the potential franchise defenseman, will be a focal point of fan attention in the early days of camp.
”He just needs to go through a camp,” said Benning, ”and see the strength and speed of NHL players. He’s involved in a process…there’s no pressure for him. He just has to play his game, learn, see how he does.”
Boston’s first pre-season game is Wednesday in Ottawa, followed by a visit by the Islanders to Causeway Street next Friday night. Game on.