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Marchand Exits Day 1 of Camp Early, Still Expects to Be In Bruins Opener

Brad Marchand left the ice early today at Bruins training camp but believes he’ll be ready for opening night of the 2020-21 season.

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As per a story on NHL.com and comments from both Brad Marchand and Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, Marchand said he expects to play for the Boston Bruins in their season opener against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 14. This comes after news he might miss the first part of the season after undergoing sports hernia surgery Sept. 14.

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The forward told media after the Bruins opened camp on Monday, “That’s what we’re shooting for.” Noting that he doesn’t want to miss any games, he admitted, “Every game, especially with that short a season, is so important.”

Marchand did leave midway through practice today as a precaution. Out of fear the team might overexert him or reaggravate his injury, the Bruins didn’t want to risk he “get hurt for trying to do too much.” He said he was playing at 80 percent by the time last season ended which sparked head coach Bruce Cassidy to say he thought Marchand was a pretty good player at 80 percent. Still, it will be nice to have him back at 20 percent better.

Often times, players aren’t fully healthy all year round. That said, this had been nagging the winger for years. It was Marchand’s inability to play at full strength and where he wanted to that forced him to undergo the surgery. “For me, [the surgery] was a long time coming,” Marchand said. “It’s been two-and-a-half years that it’s been bugging me. It’s affected not only my on-ice, but my off-ice training. I haven’t been able to sprint or run in years.”

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There are also reports that David Pastrnak might not miss as much time during the season as originally expected and that’s also great news for the Bruins who didn’t do much this offseason to add and lost a few key pieces.

The Bruins do have some issues that need to be worked out on defense. With Torey Krug now with the St. Louis Blues organization and former captain Zdeno Chara having departed for the Washington Capitals, that leaves two big holes that will be tough to replace.

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