The Boston Bruins are well rested and had more players overseas than anyone else in the NHL. So they're well positioned for what should be a sprint of a season following the NHL's 119-day lockout.
When the lockout finally ended Saturday, the league announced a busy 48-game schedule beginning Saturday January 19. The Bruins and most other teams opened their shortened training camps Sunday.
''Now we've had enough rest, so we're no longer fatigued from a Stanley Cup win. So I think it's just more it speaks to motivation,'' Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said before his team took the ice at TD Garden. ''These guys are, `it's a short season, anything can happen, it's a sprint, so let's get going.' It's more that the longer they've been out now the more motivated they are.''
The Bruins return mostly the same team from last season, a roster that included most of the players from the Stanley Cup triumph in 2011. That should give them a leg up on teams that need to build chemistry...