Daugavins still tied up with US work visa issues

Daugavins still tied up with US work visa issues
March 30, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Bruins still don’t have a firm idea of when new forward Kaspars Daugavins will be joining the team after he was claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators.

It’s unconfirmed, but perhaps Daugavins is having visa troubles because his name is listed as “Daug Man” on his Latvian passport with “shootout ace” for his general job description.

In all seriousness, the shootout specialist has been working on obtaining a US work visa while going from a Canadian franchise to a US franchise after the waiver transaction, and it appears the 24-year-old forward has run into a tough situation with Canadian government offices closed both Friday and Monday for the Easter holiday.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Daugavins has a goal and three points in 19 games with the Senators this season coming off an 11-point season for Ottawa last year. Interestingly enough Jarome Iginla was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins after the Latvian forward was claimed by the Bruins, and Iginla has already obtained a US work visa while getting ready to make his Pens debut on Saturday.

Daugavins will have to start his Bruins stint on the NHL roster with the Black and Gold when he does finally report to the team, but don’t expect it to be for either of the back-to-back weekend games against the Flyers or Sabres. The best bet for a Daugavins debut might just be against the Ottawa team that put him on waivers when they roll into TD Garden on Tuesday night against the Bruins.