Bruins players preparing for lockout

WILMINGTON – The Bruins have concluded what could be their final informal practice for some time. Just about every player from the projected 2012-13 roster (Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand were exceptions) participated in an on-ice morning session at Ristuccia Arena.

Some players left the rink after the skate with their bags and sticks slung over their shoulders. Others remained at Ristuccia for off-ice workouts. There is no skate scheduled for tomorrow.

If the lockout takes place after the collective bargaining agreement’s expiration at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, the players will not be allowed in the Ristuccia doors. The players have yet to determine where they will skate next week.

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“I think it’s going to take some time for both sides to think about things,” Zdeno Chara said. “We’ll go from there. It’s one of those things that goes day by day. We’ll see what will be new tomorrow or the day after that. But as of right now, both sides know it’s not going to be the start of training camp. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

* Tyler Seguin believes he will be eligible to play in Providence. Seguin is on his entry-level two-way contract. Seguin has appeared in 155 career NHL games and would require waivers to be assigned. However, Seguin thinks because of his age (20), he would be free to report to Providence. Seguin said he has yet to consider his next move if a lockout takes place.

* Four local non-Bruin players participated in the skate: Ryan Whitney, Keith Yandle, Ryan Bourque, and Alex Berry.

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