Bruins' Torey Krug, Noel Acciari inch closer to full participation

Bruins' Torey Krug, Noel Acciari inch closer to full participation

BOSTON — Defenseman Torey Krug and winger Noel Acciari took the next steps in their return to play from injury on Monday as the Bruins continued the local version of their training camp at Warrior Ice Arena.

Krug, who broke an ankle in Game 4 of last spring’s second playoff round, and Acciari, who underwent sports hernia shortly after the season ended, joined non-contact drills with the first of Monday’s two practice groups. Previously, both had been limited to drills with skating instructor Kim Brandvold.

Acciari, who scored 10 goals in 2016-17, his first full NHL season, said “it’s night and day, how I feel now,” compared to last year, when he played through the injury from mid-December.

“Getting back with these guys to practice a little bit felt really good. I’m getting ready for some games. I’m on track right now to maybe get a game in for pre-season, but I’ll definitely be ready for the start of the season” on Oct. 3.

“Just to be out there with the guys is a lot of fun,” said Krug, the power play quarterback who participated in full-team drills for about 20 minutes before he and Acciari departed.

Krug also hopes to play at least one game before the Bruins complete their pre-season schedule on Sept. 29.

“We’ll just stay on course with our plan, our schedule,” he said. “I’ll probably do this for another day or so … take it day by day and see how I feel.”

Assistant coach Joe Sacco said that center Patrice Bergeron, whose return from off-season surgery has been complicated by back spasms, “continues to progress.”

“(Bergeron) continues to be evaluated by our medical staff on a daily basis,” said Sacco, who is running the local camp while head coach Bruce Cassidy directs a group training in China. “Like we said before, hopefully we’ll see him at some point on the ice, and maybe get into a game or two towards the end of the pre-season. We’ll see.”

AROUND THE BOARDS: Winger Ryan Fitzgerald, who skated on a line with David Krejci and Danton Heinen in Sunday’s pre-season games against the Capitals, was held off the ice on Monday with what Sacco called “a minor injury.” Fitzgerald, who scored 21 goals and 37 points as a rookie pro at AHL Providence last season, will be re-evaluated on Tuesday … Anders Bjork, whose rookie season was ended by shoulder surgery, went through Monday’s full practice, but isn’t expected to play on Tuesday when the locally-based Bruins visit the Caps … The group in China wraps up its visit with a game against the Flames on Wednesday (7:30 a.m., NBCSN, WBZ-FM 98.5) in Beijing.

Published at Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:29:37 +0000