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Who knows what that designation means, other than more trouble for Bruce Cassidy and the coaching staff?

NHL: JUL 18 Bruins Training Camp
“Lauzy?” I think NOT! (Jeremy Lauzon)
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Training camp continues at Warrior Arena.

  • Camp continues, and unscheduled absences are hindering Bruce Cassidy’s ability to assess and plan. Who has made a case for his spot and who not so far? Boston Globe
  • Amalie Benjamin is keeping track of attendance. Yesterday, a certain cheery Czech missed practice number four... NHL ...while a number of his teammates returned to action. NHL
  • Good news for the Bruins is that the initial round-robin will not mean win-or-go-home. There is still time to let things percolate. Toronto Sun
  • Celebrate a ninth Selke Trophy nomination for Patrice Bergeron. HockeyBuzz
  • Meanwhile, Bergeron’s liney Brad Marchand is working to regain pace to restart the season, whomever his linemates may be. Bonus note- the round-robin game against the Capitals has been rescheduled. Patriot Ledger
  • Defensive depth will be a real gift to the Bruins. Bonus- Jeremy Lauzon ’s play has proven to be anything but “Lauzy.” WEEI
  • In 24 bullet points about the Bruins, the opening salvo is the elephant in the room- how thoroughly the Bruins were penalized by the playoff format. How refreshing to not hear any whining about it. NESN

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: The Springfield Rifle, Frank Vatrano, has found a solid spot with the Panthers now that Joel Quenneville has moved him up to play with Aleksander Barkov. Rawr! Miami Herald USA Hockey’s John Beadle Award this year recognizes one retired player’s efforts to promote rec hockey to adults. O.Canada Sweet Loui Eriksson is not about to throw in the towel. @BatchHockey The good news? Marc Savard is back on the ice! The bad news? He’s with Brave Steve Ott and the Blues. Via Reddit
  • The lockdown was hard on goaltenders. AP News
  • Camps are open, and of 2,618 COVID-19 tests only 2 have come up positive. The proof is in the pudding- the vast majority of NHL players are proving very capable of protecting the “bubble.” MassLive
  • Quick hits from around the league include who was missing on Day #8 of camps. It appears Max Domi has made his decision. Sportsnet
  • Which Sportsnet voices will be assigned to the mikes for the qualifying round in Edmonton and Toronto? Hint- one Bruin’s dad will be out West, and a fave of mine will be in the East. Sportsnet
  • Assess each of the Eastern teams as they draw nearer to playoff action. Sportsnet
  • Please, Jeremy Roenick, let us miss you fondly, and from a distance. Faxes from Uncle Dave
  • For some of the more senior NHL players, time is not on their side to hoist a Stanley Cup. NY Times