Thursday, September 12, 2013
B's veterans embrace newcomers
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t waste any time putting together his potential lineup for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
On the first day of on-ice sessions, newcomers Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson found themselves where everyone expected they would be. In the morning session, Eriksson was on the right wing with center Patrice Bergeron and left winger Brad Marchand.
In the afternoon session, Iginla was on the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
After the morning session concluded, Bergeron and Marchand talked about the new dynamic of Boston’s second line.
“It felt pretty good,” Bergeron said. “You can tell, obviously, that Loui’s a great player and he’s got some great speed and some great skill. I’m very excited to have him with us. It’s only the first practice, so we’ve got some work to do on the chemistry, but still, I thought it was pretty good and it was fun to see those two guys on my side.”
In the previous few seasons, Bergeron and Marchand played with Tyler Seguin, who was traded this summer to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Eriksson. It may take a little time for the new trio to gain that chemistry, but Bergeron doesn’t think it will take too long.
“We’re all smart players and smart enough to realize where to be on the ice and read off each other,” he said. “It’ll take a little bit of time but not that much. Playing games will be the best indicator for where we stand and to help us work on that chemistry. So far it was pretty good.”
One of the differences is that Seguin was a right-handed shot and Eriksson is a left-handed shot, so Bergeron needs to get used to passing the puck to Eriksson’s backhand.
Marchand was pleased with the early progress alongside his new linemate.
"He’s a great player and he’s shown that in the past," said Marchand. "You can see that by just watching him on the ice. It’ll be a lot of fun playing with him.”
It’s no secret Marchand and Seguin were close teammates and that friendship extended off the ice, too. But it’s a business and Marchand realizes that.
“Definitely no disrespect to Seggs, he’s a phenomenal player and we clicked very well and had a couple of great years together, but Loui's a bit of a different player,” explained Marchand. “He’s a very good goal scorer, a very good playmaker and he plays hard in our end. I’m sure he’ll complement us very well and hopefully we can all play well together.”