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Bruins to open training camp Sept. 17

Buins general manager Don Sweeney will get to implement his system when the Bruins open training camp. Sept. 17.Bill Sikes/Associated Press/Associated Press

The Bruins will open training camp on Sept. 17 with physicals and off-ice testing. Their first on-ice day will be Sept. 18 at TD Garden.

They have two days of practice before opening the preseason schedule on Sept. 20 against New Jersey at Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center. They will play six preseason games, concluding the exhibition schedule on Oct. 2 against Washington at the Verizon Center.

The preseason will be the Bruins' opportunity to work on their updated system. General manager Don Sweeney has pledged the team's defensive identity will remain intact. But Sweeney wants the Bruins to be more active defensively to reduce pressure on the team's forwards and transition more rapidly to offense.


The preseason also will be an opportunity for management and the coaching staff to consider roster issues. The Bruins will have to spread out the three-zone responsibilities of Dougie Hamilton, who was traded to Calgary. The Bruins also will evaluate Jeremy Smith, Malcolm Subban, and Zane McIntyre as backups to Tuukka Rask.

The season opener is on Oct. 8 against Winnipeg at the Garden.

The Bruins rookies open the preseason by participating in a three-team tournament against the Sabres and Devils in Buffalo. The Bruins rookies will play their New Jersey counterparts on Sept. 13. They will play North Chelmsford's Jack Eichel and the Sabres on Sept. 14.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.