Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli said that he will not be opposed to carrying on the maximum number of players (23) when camp ends next week. As of this morning's practice, the Bruins had 27 players left in camp. The lines that the media witnessed this morning on the ice were as follows:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Chris Clark
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Shawn Thornton-Tyler Seguin-Max Sauve/Lane MacDermid
That is interesting that Thornton was not skating with Campbell and Paille. Together, they were the most productive fourth line in the NHL last season as far as points and physicality. Hopefully, this is just an experiment. Also, Pouliot and Caron continue to battle for that final forward spot. Look for Clark and MacDermid to be cut by next week.
As far as defensemen, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Adam McQuaid, and Joe Corvo will be the top six defenders. Steve Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski are the top two contenders for the seventh defender spot. Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask should and will be the two goaltenders.
Final rosters must be set by Wednesday, October 5th at 3:00pm.