Bruins starting to make alternate plans if there is a lockout

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Bruins starting to make alternate plans if there is a lockout

LOWELL The Bruins players are hopeful that there will be an NHL season, and that the season will start on time with Opening Night scheduled for Oct. 11 on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers.
But theres a wide chasm between the NHL and the NHLPA with the current CBA set to expire on Sept. 15, and theres every expectation that at least a portion of the season will be missed due to labor issues. So some Bruins players are already making their preparations in case there is no NHL hockey for at least a few months to start next year, and much of that is centered on Europe.
Theres a good chance that a player like 20-year-old Tyler Seguin and 21-year-old Jordan Caron will be playing for the Providence Bruins given that theyre on entry level deals with only a certain number of games played under their belts. Mike Mottau said he already has a few concrete offers from Europe if thats the direction he wants to head toward for next year, and those offers will look more attractive if the NHL cant get its act together.
It would make plenty of sense for 25-year-old Tuukka Rask to head back to his native Finland if labor issues continue into October and November, but the goalie said he hadnt made any of those plans as of yet.
I didnt go through a work stoppage the last time around, so Im not even sure what I would do, said Rask. Hopefully well be playing hockey and I wont have to make that decision.
Dennis Seidenberg said he was also hoping to start the year on time with the Bruins, but already envisioned playing in Germany with his younger brother, Yanick, if theres a lengthy work stoppage. Both Seidenberg brothers have played for the Mannheim Eagles in the past, and the Bs defensemans younger brother will be playing there this season.
The elder Seidenberg said he actually looked forward to the opportunity to play with his 5-foot-7, 160-pound younger brother if the situation was right.
My younger brother plays in Germany, so it would be nice to play with him if the situation got to that, said Seidenberg, who is 2 years older than Yanick. For now I havent put enough thought into it to say what I would do. But he plays for Mannheim, the team I used to play for over there.
Id love to play with him, but Im hoping that it doesnt happen.
As things creep closer to the season odds are that youll hear much more about members of the Bruins roster scattering all over the world to earn some money while their main paychecks are being held up during a potential lockout.

Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

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Former Bruins star Ray Bourque 'in unfamiliar territory'

ANDOVER, Mass. — Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility of his actions.

Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory," Bourque said in a statement released Sunday. "I am not happy about the situation I put myself into."

Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

Bourque is to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. Police haven't provided a date.

According to The Boston Globe, Bourque currently owns Tresca, a restaurant on Boston's North End.

'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

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'Everything is on track' with Bruins prospect Zboril

Little more than a year after he was drafted in the middle of the first round by the Boston Bruins, some are whispering that 19-year-old Jakub Zboril isn’t going to live up to advanced billing. Clearly the Czech defenseman took a step back for the Saint John Sea Dogs after being taken 13th by the Bruins in last year’s draft, and dropped to six goals and 20 points in 50 games in the QMJHL while watching second round pick Jeremy Lauzon pass him by on the prospect hype chart.

Perhaps the more concerning thing have been the whispers about an erratic work ethic and bad habits in Zboril’s game, a couple of criticisms that haven’t exactly gone away since the Bruins signed him to a contract last summer following development camp. Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley was asked about those concerns with the young D-man as he heads into an important training camp with Boston this fall, and didn’t seem all that concerned about his first round pick being a “bust.”

“I think his offensive production was down, and that he struggled a little bit coming out of the gate” said Bradley of Zboril, who had 13 goals and 33 points in 44 games during his first season in the Quebec Major Junior League prior to getting drafted by Boston. “But he had a strong playoff. Everybody forgets that he’s a gritty guy, and a strong player that moves the puck. The thing that stands out about him are that his numbers are down from last year.

“But everything is on track with him. He’s going to come to camp and hopefully shines, and has a good year this year…patience.

“I think it’s great if the second rounders are on par with him: the [Brandon] Carlos and the [Jeremy] Lauzons. If you look at the whole of our draft last year you can’t rule out the first eight picks that they might play [in the NHL]. We’re excited. Donnie and I were at the Memorial Cup, and Lauzon raised our eyebrows every night that he played. You’d come away with a good feeling like this kid plays hard, plays the Bruins style, moves the puck and is tough. Obviously [you had to like] what Carlo did when he was brought in [to Providence] at the end. It just bodes well for what we have coming this year. Zboril and Lauzon are probably going back to junior, but Carlo is going to get a long look.”

The young Czech D-man is still at a point where his stock can still shoot higher than it’s ever been with a good showing at training camp, and a strong season for the Sea Dogs entering into his professional hockey career. But he can’t afford to go through another down season, or that talk of him being a first round bust is only going to get louder and stronger.