Patrick Kane joins Seguin in Switzerland

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Patrick Kane joins Seguin in Switzerland

Get all your cab driver and alcohol jokes out of the way early.
Chicago Blackhawks All-Star forward and legendary party guy Patrick Kane has officially signed on with HC Biel and will be playing on the same team with Bruins prodigy Tyler Seguin in the Swiss-A League.
Biel announced the signing of Kane on Tuesday afternoon, and indicated that Kanes salary will be privately funded similar to the deal signed by Seguin last month.
Seguin has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 10 games for Biel and celebrated the signing of Kane with four points and a hat trick against HC Ambri Piotta on Tuesday night. This comes only days after Seguin scored a goal and also was serving in the penalty box when Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal in the closing seconds of the first period -- in a losing effort to Bergeron and HC Lugano in a Saturday showdown between the two Bs superstars.
The Kane signing gives Biel the best duo in the Swiss-A League outside of HC Davos Joe Thornton and Rick Nash, and should give them a leg up in a potential rematch with Bergerons club.
The one potential down side to a SeguinKane combo skating together: the Blackhawks winger has a checkered past in the off-ice behavior department including an alleged drunken assault and robbery of a Buffalo cab driver and an intoxicated romp through the University of Wisconsin campus recorded on camera phones and flip-cams before it was posted in a Deadspin story.
Seguin is a budding 20-year-old hockey star abroad for the first time in his career, and has been under the wing of countless veteran forwards on the Bs roster during his time in Boston.
Teaming him with Kane could be a troubling pairing on the surface, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind: the Kane party tsunami has never caught Jonathan Toews in its undertow during their successful stint together in Chicago, and Seguin has had a tamer version of Kane, Brad Marchand, as a running partner over the last two seasons.
At the very least the Swiss hockey fans of Biel are going to be witness to some pretty electric offensive hockey over the next few weeksmonths as the NHL lockout continues to roll on.

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.