Patrick Kane joins Seguin in Switzerland


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.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.