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Neely thinks B’s are set up for fast start

Jan 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Tyler Seguin AP

The Boston Bruins had 12 players join European clubs during the lockout, which is more than most NHL teams. (For example, Vancouver had just three, and none of them stars.)

Included among the Boston 12 were key players Zdeno Chara, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask.

As such, B’s president Cam Neely thinks his team is primed for a fast start.

“I don’t want to come out and say we’re set up better, but it is beneficial for us that a number of our players have been playing in Europe and actually playing very well,” Neely said, as per the Boston Herald. “We had both goaltenders (Rask and Anton Khudobin) playing over there at some point, which is a big plus. So, yeah, from that perspective of having such a large number of guys who’ve been playing in games, it is certainly helpful.”

Granted, not every Bruin is already in game shape. Forward Milan Lucic admitted yesterday that it’ll take some time to “shake the rust off.”

“It definitely was difficult [to stay motivated] when [the NHL] canceled the entire month of November,” Lucic told “It was really hard. It came to a point where I decided to step back from the ice a bit because I felt like I was hurting myself rather than helping myself.”

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  1. mjdkid100 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Yay Hockey!

  2. bildomatic - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Lucic is going to struggle big time out of the gate, but I think Seguin is primed for a HUGE year for the B’s… Kid is coming into his own and also carries the necessary confidence after last season and exceling with EHC Biel.

  3. ironmike778 - Jan 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    No problem. He only needs one good lung to pound a Canuck into the ice.

  4. hocsocmom715 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    He is a Loser!

    • bruinsfan57 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      Yea….he’s a loser, one with a Stanley Cup Championship under his belt. You obviously must be one of those cry baby nuck’s fans. Then again the second part of your name says it all…Soccer Mom. The ruination of organized sports for kids, every one gets a trophy, there are no winners or losers, participation trophy’s. Crawl back under your rock and shut your pie hole!

  5. themajorleagueuser - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I think we are missing the point, that is, “Tyler Seguin is really, really good”. Seguin’s play at such a relatively young age has really set the Bs up for future years, and will set the tempo for the Bruins opening half of the season.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    If the goaltending holds up, they should be fine. I’m still not sold on Rask but I hope I’m proven wrong.

    • lordstanley65 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      I guess the B’s are good with him. They tried to sign him to something longer, but he said he only wanted one year to “prove himself”, although I suspect he’s gonna try to have a monster year for better cash in 2013/14.

  7. hocsocmom715 - Jan 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    LOL. Typical bruins fan uneducated when it comes to hockey and youth sports. No participation tropheys in my sons league. (I’m guessing you have them since you made that comment) You are a loser just like your team! Its going to be an even shorter season for you since you wont make it to the finals AGAIN! One Stanley Cup, big deal. how long did it take for them get it? Yeah thought so. Go cry in your beer. (FYI not a “nucks” fans)

    • bearcountry17 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Generalizing a whole fan base based on a couple of posters on the internet. I sure hope you don’t teach your child these values.
      And here’s a little tip, In the NHL the only thing that matter are Cup wins and if I’m not mistaken Boston won one not too long ago. So go troll somewhere else lady.

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