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.

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 

 

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.