September 28, 2012

B's overseas: Seguin, Rask set to make debuts

By Jesse Connolly

With a good number of Bruins already overseas and a few more bound to join them, now seems like a good time to provide a little European update, which we’ll continue to roll out on an occasional basis as long as the lockout continues.

Tyler Seguin

The Bruins’ leading scorer in 2011-12 landed in Switzerland a few days ago. He has yet to play in a game (something a prominent Finnish scribe apparently finds quite silly, for some reason) but has practiced with Biel since signing with the club on Sept. 20 and is expected to suit up for battle this weekend. Seguin tweeted the picture to your right on Thursday.

Anton Khudobin

The B’s backup-to-be is off to a solid start for HC Atlant Moscow Oblast (can’t imagine having to type that whole name out on a daily basis). Khudobin is 2-0-1 on the young season with a 2.09 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.

Andrew Ference

Boston’s alternate captain signed with HC Mountfield rather quickly after saying he’d take his time in considering what to do during the lockout. Ference will be shipping overseas in about 10 days to join Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic.

Rich Peverley

To the best of the internet’s knowledge, Peverley has yet to play for JYP Jyvaskyla since agreeing to terms with the Finnish club four days ago. Jyvaskyla is six games into the SM-liiga season. Two of the teams top-six scorers are Hockey East alums: Brockton, Mass., native Corey Quirk (UMass, 2005-09) and Eric Perrin (UVM, 1993-97).

Tuukka Rask

Rask elected to pass on playing in his home country, Finland, in favor of joining HC Plzen in the Czech league. The B’s No. 1 netminder has practiced with the club and could play as soon as this weekend. He discussed how much different hockey is in Europe with denik.cz (which we must tip our cap to for the picture to your right). Unfortunately, as is often the case, the translation doesn’t quite accurately reflect what Rask was probably trying to say:

How striking difference is for the goalie catch in Europe and overseas?

Big difference. In Europe, playing to a wider area, more hockey players pass it, beyond the sea to you is much more missiles dorázek. In Europe, you have to be more patient, but I believe that this will not be a problem.

A higher number of missiles?! He’s not kidding about things being a lot different than the NHL.

Dennis Seidenberg

The German-born blueliner is set to join Adler Mannheim, a team he spent two-plus seasons (1999-02) with before coming to North America and joining the Philadelphia Flyers. Seidenberg will be reunited with brother Yannic. The two played together for Mannheim during the 2001-02 season.

David Krejci

Krejci may or may not have officially joined HC Pardubice. Some reports say there’s some sort of snag involving insurance costs. Pardubice is five games into its season. Their roster features one current NHLer, Ales Hemsky.

Potential future departures

According to ESPN Boston, Patrice Bergeron has spoken with a Swiss squad, HC Geneve-Servette, about joining them during the lockout. No. 37 said nothing is official and that he wants to ensure “everything is set up” before he goes over there.

Zdeno Chara’s agent, Matt Keator, said his client is looking at all of his options. The Bruins’ 6-foot-9 captain played in the SEL during the 2004-05 lockout when he was still a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.