In terms of logistics alone, it's shaping up to be an interesting training camp for the Bruins.
Bruce Cassidy led half of the team on the plane the other day in preparation for the O.R.G. China Games on Sunday in Shenzhen and next Wednesday in Beijing against the Calgary Flames. The other half remains in the States for a six-game slate that begins Sunday afternoon against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at TD Garden.
The players staying at home will open camp today with off-ice testing before skating for the first time the following day with assistant coach Joe Sacco leading the way.
Here are five of the key questions surrounding the team before camp begins:
1. How much better did the Bruins get this offseason?
While John Tavares landed with the Atlantic Division rival Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed Nikita Kucherov, the B's certainly did not make a splash by comparison. Defenseman John Moore and goaltender Jaroslav Halak signed as free agents, while forwards Joakim Nordstrom and Chris Wagner were also acquired.
It will be interesting to see what the newcomers will present and the roles they will fill over the coming weeks, but Don Sweeney and the Boston brass were apparently comfortable with the personnel leading their lineup as these moves look to be for depth purposes from the outset. No big news can be good news, though it could take a little time during the regular season before we find out the answer to this question.
2. Who will be the next youngster to make his mark?