No plans for Lucic to play overseas during lockout

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No plans for Lucic to play overseas during lockout

Milan Lucic was adamant on Friday that he wouldnt be playing anywhere overseas should there be a lengthy NHL lockout.

He ended the thought by saying my plan for this season is to play for the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins power forward softened on that stance a bit on Saturday during the conference call to announce his new three-year contract, but said it would be quite awhile before he even entertained the thought of going to Europe. His wife Brittney is expecting their first child in the middle of the season which could complicate Lucic traveling long distance to play during the winter months.

Lucic instead is holding out hope that the NHL wont miss more than a few months maximum, and hell instead be back doling out punishment in a black and gold sweater by the holidays at the latest.

As of right now, I have not. I know I told some of the guys yesterday that my plan was to play for the Boston Bruins this year and right now its the same, said Lucic on Saturday during a conference call for his three-year, 18 million contract extension with the Bruins. Obviously if it goes on longer than most of us expect, then Ill have to look into something, but as of right now, I have not looked into playing elsewhere"

Similarly Zdeno Chara said he was in no hurry to head back to Europe with his family set up and his daughter enrolled in Boston schools, but the big defenseman could head overseas if the season faces the chopping block in January.

David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg have both already indicated theyd be headed for Europe to play in their native countries if theres a lengthy lockout. The Bruins that dont make their offseason homes in Boston are expected to start leaving the area by the end of September if it looks like the season is going to be delayed for a significant period of time.

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

BRIGHTON -- The on-ice portion of Bruins practice kicked off about an hour later than scheduled at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning.

The B's are reeling, having lost four games in a row for the first time this season after getting dumped by the Penguins, 5-1, in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Their standing in the Atlantic Division, and the playoff picture, is tenuous at best with so many other teams holding games in hand over them, and it truly looks like they're going to slide out of the race if they can’t reverse their fortunes.

So Claude Julien, saying "desperate times call for desperate measures," summoned the players to a video session where flaws, mistakes, half-hearted efforts and bad systems-play was pointed out in front of everyone. The team then took the ice to iron out those problems in an hour-long practice that the embattled Bruins coach hopes will lead to better results in the final two games, against Detroit and Pittsburgh, before the All-Star break.

“He was showing details that we were doing well early on in the season to have success, and little things that we’ve gotten away from that we need to correct,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to start doing them again. It’s a game of little details and we need to make sure we do them right.”

While Chara wouldn’t comment on the tone of the video session, it’s clear that things like effort, determination and desperation were probably talking points just as much as fine-tuning Julien’s long-held offensive and defensive systems.

“It’s commitment," said Chara. "That’s for sure, that we need to have everybody doing that. We shouldn’t . . . at this level, at this time of the season, [have to be] asking guys to work hard. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is working hard, and everybody is paying his dues to be in the lineup and earn a spot.

“That’s the No. 1 priority: You have to compete and you have to work hard. Usually when you do those things, good things happen. We’ve got to back to those little things [with] hard work, commitment and competing every shift.”

Will an honest, direct video session between head coach and players be the key to stopping the team’s most demoralizing stretch of the season, and lead to a prolonged winning streak? Only time will tell.

But the Bruins need something to get spinning in an entirely different direction. 

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack ESPN.com staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”