Lucic said he opted not to sign with a foreign team, choosing instead to recover from the last two, long seasons. Now, he said, he knows he has some catching up to do.
“It was rest that I feel I needed,” he said. “I’ve built up a lot of nagging injuries that I’ve been trying to take care of. Hopefully, I’ll feel better this season.”
The Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2011, lost in the first round to Washington last season. Seidenberg said he thought the Bruins were poised for another strong season.
“We’re still pretty much the same team we were when we won a few years ago,” he said, adding that it is hard to know from the informal practices how fit the players are. “It’s an open practice; guys are having fun. Right now it’s just too hard to tell if somebody’s ready or not.”
Lucic said that the up-and-down nature of the negotiations made it difficult to figure out how to tailor his workouts.
“When you practice like this, it’s nothing compared to the practices we have during the season,” he said. “It was real difficult ... You never knew when you needed to get yourself at that peak moment.”
Teams will likely have training camps of one week — or less — before the season, giving the advantage to players who found work in other leagues during the season.
“I’m ready to go, right now,” said defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who played in Austria. “It’s a perfect situation for me. Now that the season’s starting, I really feel like it’s an advantage.”
Seidenberg joined the chorus of apologizing for the lockout.
“Everybody that was part of this lockout feels bad for the fans,” he said. “We definitely feel bad for it and I think everybody’s sorry for it.”