Seguin earns break after dominating Swiss league

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Seguin earns break after dominating Swiss league

Tyler Seguin is back in Boston this week after returning from Switzerland during a two-week break in the ECH Biel regular season. He's earned the time off.

Seguin has an amazing 13 goals and 23 points in 15 games for Biel since arriving for Swiss-A League duty, and he's formed a dangerous, speedy duo with Patrick Kane out on the ice.

The European game in the Swiss League is tailor made for Seguin with undersized players and a rapid style of play that rewards playing with offensive skill and blazing speed. The physicality is the thing most unlike the North American game in the European Leagues that are housing more than 150 NHL players during the lockout.

The game is really fast (in Switzerland) and the players are really good. The league in general is better than you think, said Seguin when asked about the Swiss League.

The B's forward is expected to head back to Switzerland next week if there's no agreement in place between the NHL and NHLPA.

One other thing thats a little different: The tacky promotions that youd normally find at the East Coast Hockey League level in the U.S. Seguin missed all those minor league publicity stunts when he jumped right from being the No. 2 overall pick to the NHL as an 18-year-old, but hes getting his fill in Switzerland.

Last week both Seguin and Kane were Photoshopped to be shown in gear that could only be described as some kind of He-ManGame of Thrones armor mixture. Both were wielding axes with menacing clouds in the backdrop.

It was explained to CSNNE.com by Biel team officials that Biels town symbol is a pair of crossed axes which explains the imagery. According to wikipedia in popular etymology, the name has been connected with the German name for axe (Bernese German bieli), reflected in the two crossed axes in the city's coat of arms. But its not going to stop pictures from being distributed around the Bruins dressing room once the NHL regular season begins.

Apparently what happens in Switzerland doesnt stay in Switzerland.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.