General manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday that three players are limited and/or out to start training camp for the Bruins: Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell and Linus Arnesson.

Lucic is recovering from wrist surgery and had said earlier this week that he would be taking it slow in training camp. Chiarelli confirmed as much, saying that Lucic is ‘€œa little slow’€ to begin camp.

Campbell will not be on the ice when practices begin Friday due to what Chiarelli called ‘€œsome minor mid-core stuff.’€

Arnesson, meanwhile, was given Monday’€™s rookie practice off before leaving Tuesday’€™s rookie game with a tweaked groin. Chiarelli said Thursday that Arnesson ‘€œwon’€™t be skating for a little bit.’€

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DJ Bean

Bruins training camp officially began Thursday without Torey Krug and Reilly Smith, and general manager Peter Chiarelli offered no update on their status.

The B’€™s only have $3.218 million in cap space to sign both players, and though neither Smith nor Krug can negotiate with other teams, neither player would be wise to take a contract until the Bruins shed salary cap space in order to offer them more.

Chiarelli said he plans to trade a defenseman. In theory, he could simply sign both players and exceed the salary cap limit as long as he gets the team under the cap by the start of the regular season. Teams can exceed the cap by up to 10 percent until then.

Asked whether he has considered signing the players first and then making a trade, Chiarelli didn’€™t give much of an answer. The obvious downside to that strategy is that it would be harder to get fair return in trade scenarios when trade partners know that a team is over the cap and has to trade players.

“There’€™s different ways to skin the cat, and that’€™s one of 15,” Chiarelli said. “Those are business decisions that I have to make.”

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Torey Krug remains unsigned. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Training camp is set to kick off and this preseason figures to be one of the more interesting ones for the Bruins in recent memory. 

The Bruins announced their training camp roster Wednesday. It is as follows:

FORWARDS: Patrice Bergeron, Anthony Camara, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, Loui Eriksson, Alexander Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Rob Flick, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Simon Gagne*, Seth Griffith, Cory Kane, Bracken Kearns*, Chris Kelly, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino*, Matt Lindblad, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Reilly Smith, Carl Söderberg, Ryan Spooner, Ethan Werek*

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Zdeno Chara, Tommy Cross, Steve Eminger*, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, Ben Youds*

GOALTENDERS: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg

Players marked with an asterisk are players at tenting camp on a tryout basis. Smith and Krug are both on the roster, though neither player has a contract. Smith’s agent told the Boston Herald Tuesday that it’€™s expected that neither will sign and attend camp until the Bruins free up cap space.

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DJ Bean

ANTIOCH, Tenn. -- In the days after they beat the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup in 2011, it seemed the Bruins were high on being the Bruins, and for good reason.

ANTIOCH, Tenn. –€” The Bruins wrapped up their 2014 rookie camp by beating the Predators prospects, 4-2, in the finale of the Predators-hosted rookie tournament at Ford Ice Center on Tuesday.

ANTIOCH, Tenn. — David Pastrnak ended his rookie camp by playing right wing and scoring. The Bruins will take that going forward.

Pastrnak, who centered Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith in the first two games of the rookie tournament in Nashville, moved back to his natural position of right wing to play with Matt Lindblad and Alex Fallstrom in the finale of the tournament Tuesday, a 4-2 win over the Predators rookies.

It was in the second period that Pastrnak got his only goal of the tournament, a power play tally on a feed from Seth Griffith.

He was also named to the All-Tournament team by participating teams’€™ scouts and officials, which he probably solidified with his first period of the tournament back on Saturday. All in all, Pastrnak’€™s performance in the tournament was a very shiny mixed bag.

Pastrnak’€™s tournament in a nutshell: He has the speed and hands to play in the NHL right now. As expected, he needs work defensively, as his risk-reward style (taking the puck over the man almost always) will both lead to odd-man rushes for the Bruins and burn them.

Defensive deficiencies can be worth overlooking, however, and Pastrnak genuinely seems like he wants to follow any and all instructions to make him a better two-way player. Pastrnak also turned the puck over multiple times Tuesday, including a neutral zone cough-up that forced him to hook a Predators player to prevent a breakaway, which is something to keep an eye on.

Just one man’€™s opinion, but the only real issue that could keep Pastrnak out of the NHL this season is his size.

At around 170 pounds, Pastrnak is awfully light. Playing right wing Tuesday, his board work left more to be desired and, though he obviously likes going to the net, bigger defensemen didn’€™t have to do much to keep him from getting there.

“His wall work — one game, it’€™s hard to judge him — but that’€™s going to be a big issue,” Bruce Cassidy admitted after the game. “In the National Hockey League, you’€™re expected to win pucks on the walls, get them out or get them into the middle of the ice and get going, so that’€™s going to be part of this.

“It’€™s not just the speed part of the game, the individual and the puck skills; it’€™s the grunt work. They’€™ll get a look at that obviously in the exhibition season and go from there.”

Main camp begins on Thursday, with practices beginning Friday. Pastrnak will open the camp at right wing, with Peter Chiarelli hinting that he could start with Krejci.

Pastrnak said he feels good about where he stands after the camp, but that he has a long way to go. He said it as only he could.

“I feel I’€™m [on] the second floor and the NHL is [on] the fifth,” Pastrnak said. “So I have three more floors.”


Considering how often we’€™re all going to be saying his name in the coming days, we might as well say it right. After double-checking with the player, it is not “PASS-ter-nak,” as we’€™ve all been saying, but rather “POS-ter-nahk.”

Much like Brad Marchand (it’€™s “SHAND,” not “SHOND”) Pastrnak said he doesn’€™t mind if people get his name wrong. He did say that nobody gets it wrong here like they do in Sweden, where he plays for Sodertalje SK and where he’€™ll return if he doesn’€™t make the Bruins. There, they call him POL-ster-nahk.

“I don’€™t know where they got the L from,” he said plainly with a shrug.

Pastrnak said his nickname is Pasta. Given the weight concern, it wouldn’t hurt him to follow the you-are-what-you-eat diet.

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DJ Bean

ANTIOCH, Tenn. –€” The Bruins wrapped up their 2014 rookie camp by beating the Predators prospects, 4-2, in the finale of the Predators-hosted rookie tournament at Ford Ice Center on Tuesday.

The B’€™s got goals from Seth Griffith, David Pastrnak, Alex Fallstrom and Brian Ferlin. Pastrnak played right wing after playing center in the first two games of the tournament. He skated on a line with Matt Lindblad (also moved to wing) and Fallstrom. Anthony Camara and Seth Griffith, both of whom played on Pastrnak’€™s line in the first two games of the tournament, played on a line centered by Ben Sexton.

Malcolm Subban was in net for the B’€™s 23 saves on 25 shots faced. He started two of the three games, with Adam Morrison playing in Sunday’€™s loss to the Lightning. The Bruins finished the tournament with one win and two losses.

After the tournament, scouts and officials from all participating teams (the Bruins, Lightning, Panthers and Predators) voted on the six-player rookie team, with Pastrnak and defenseman Chris Casto representing the Bruins. Casto was steady throughout the tournament, doing an impressive job of keeping the puck in the offensive zone throughout.

The all-tournament team is as follows:

F – Filip Forsberg, Predators (tournament MVP)
F – Vicnent Trochek, Panthers
F – David Pastrnak, Bruins
D – Aaron Ekblad, Panthers
D – Chris Casto, Bruins
G – Sam Brittian, Panthers

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Milan Lucic told reporters back in Boston Monday that he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for 12 weeks following his offseason surgery.

Taking to Twitter, former Patriots wideout Chad Johnson (formerly Chad Ochocino) was evidently feeling good about his hockey prowess — his video game hockey prowess that is.