Top 3 Takeaways from the Boston Bruins' 1st Informal Practices of 2014

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Top 3 Takeaways from the Boston Bruins' 1st Informal Practices of 2014
Elise Amendola/Associated Press

Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask and a dozen other Boston Bruins players and prospects convened at Ristuccia Arena for informal skating sessions Tuesday.

Besides the award-winning first and last lines of defense, eight other participants saw action in a least one NHL game last season. As Caryn Switaj listed on the team’s website, the other four included Providence veterans Tommy Cross and Bobby Robins, plus rising professional rookies Brian Ferlin and David Pastrnak.

Wednesday witnessed a snowballing influx of the who’s who in the organization. A more recent post by Switaj highlighted the arrival of captain Zdeno Chara and first-line winger Milan Lucic.

With two-plus weeks still to come before the first official training camp session on Sept. 18, the 2014 offseason is shedding its “off” tag. Substantive storylines for the 2014-15 preseason and subsequent regular season are taking shape for all to see.

The Bruins’ three most notable items surfacing in the wee days of September are as follows.

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