WILMINGTON -- David Krejci has been on the ice doing some light skating drills for the last week, and said on Monday afternoon that he wasn’t ruling out a return to the lineup for Boston Bruins opening night on Oct. 1 after offseason hip surgery.
Krejci was part of a skeleton B’s crew -- that included Shawn Thornton, Marco Sturm, Tuukka Rask and Kevin Regan -- who took part in the first day of informal Black and Gold practices at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
The crafty playmaker led the NHL in +/- last season and won the Bruins 7th Player Award, and is recovering quickly from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
“It’s a process. I wish I was going at 100 percent, but I’m probably going 65, 70, 75 percent right now,” said Krejci. “I just started skating, but no November. October. We’re talking October (for a return). I would say maybe mid-October, but it’s hard to say because I just started skating. It’ll be October for sure”
Krejci said he won’t be ready for full-time drills with the rest of his team when the big hockey club starts official training camp on Sept. 12, but the 23-year-old hasn’t ruled out returning to full health in time for opening night at the TD Garden against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 1.
“Who knows? I might be ready. Who knows? But I just started skating and if I’m ready to play first game then I’ll play. But I don’t want to rush it. I’d rather miss a few games than be out for half of the year. There’s no point to rushing it.”
More on Krejci and the rest of his B’s teammates during their first day of informal practice at the Big Bad Blog.
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