September 14, 2012

Do not enter: Ristuccia off limits to Bruins during lockout

By Jesse Connolly

Upon the CBA's expiration at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday night, the NHL's latest lockout will be in full effect. 

Tyler Seguin may be eligible to play in the AHL in 2012-13. (Getty Images)

For the Bruins, that means more than just a delay or a complete cancelation of training camp. With no collective bargaining agreement in place, the B's are prohibited from utilizing Ristuccia Arena.

The team held a final informal skate early Friday morning in Wilmington. Plans for where they'll continue to do so have yet to be set.

“I think it’s going to take some time for both sides to think about things,” Zdeno Chara told the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa when asked about the labor negotiations. “We’ll go from there. It’s one of those things that goes day by day. We’ll see what will be new tomorrow or the day after that. But as of right now, both sides know it’s not going to be the start of training camp. We’ll see where it goes from there.”

If the work stoppage drags on, many of the players have already confirmed they'd likely join European squads until the NHL ratifies a new deal. In the meantime, the AHL remains a viable option for some. The B's waived Trent Whitfield, Jamie Tardif, Garnet Exelby and Christian Hanson on Tuesday in order for them to be able to report to Providence's training camp, which commences two weeks from today.

UPDATE: Seguin not assigned to Providence

Many are wondering if Tyler Seguin will be eligible to play in the American Hockey League. Boston's leading scorer in 2011-12 said that it's "his understanding" that he could suit up for the P-Bruins this season, however the debate rages on about whether he's played in too many NHL games (175 counting the playoffs) and would have to clear waivers, or whether or not Seguin would be able to simply ink an AHL contract. 

“I don’t know. Obviously I want to play hockey,” Seguin told CSNNE's Joe Haggerty. “I want to play in the NHL and I hope that works out. But if not I can always go overseas or I can play in the AHL.”

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