WILMINGTON – David Krejci and Anton Khudobin are on the Ristuccia Arena ice. They are participating alongside their teammates in what will most likely be the final informal practice before the start of training camp on Sunday.
“We’ll see. I don’t know,” Krejci said when asked if playing in the Czech Republic will help in NHL re-entry. “The game’s a lot different. There’s not as much hitting. It’s bigger ice. It’s definitely different. We just have to wait and see.”
All players except for Dougie Hamilton and the six Providence callups (Ryan Spooner, Chris Bourque, Jamie Tardif, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski, and David Warsofsky) have now skated in at least one practice this week.
Also on the ice is unsigned veteran Jay Pandolfo. The ex-Boston University star is looking for a job. Pandolfo has been issued a Bruins practice jersey to fit in with the rest of the players.
* Daniel Paille is the team’s NHLPA representative. Paille credited executive director Donald Fehr for guiding the players through the bargaining process. “He really kept our heads well adjusted in making sure that guys had their questions answered throughout the process,” Paille said.
* The players have until 8 a.m. on Saturday to vote on ratifying the collective bargaining agreement.
* The Bruins are not planning to skate on Saturday. It will be their final rest day before Sunday’s opening of camp.