The Bruins have concluded their first day of informal skates. All smiles around the rink as guys get back into their old routines.
"It's pretty normal that guys like to come way ahead of schedule at the start of training camp," said Zdeno Chara. "Get the feel, get a few practices on our own, establish staying here. It's a good thing that guys come in early. We're getting used to some new guys and getting used to the city again. I think it's a pretty good idea to come earlier."
* Talk on an extension for Chara should resume now that the NHL and NHLPA have agreed upon guidelines on long-term contracts in the wake of Ilya Kovalchuk's deal. Negotiations between Chara and the Bruins had slowed during the Kovalchuk investigation. "The investigation and the new rules between the NHL and NHLPA on long-term contracts put everything on pause," Chara said. "We'll see."
* Nathan Horton enjoyed his first session with his new teammates. Horton said he's excited about getting to meet everyone and become more familiar with the dressing room. Chara praised Horton for his shot, size, and speed.