Report: Ference to play for Czech team


Report: Ference to play for Czech team

Andrew Ference mentioned to following Tuesdays practice at Harvards Bright Hockey Center that the Czech League was a possibility for him if the lockout dragged on.
Well, it looks like the Czech League is a lot more than a possibility for Ference. According to the team website for HC Mountfield Ceske Budejovice in the Czech League, Ference has already agreed to play for his former Czech Extra League team and will be reporting to Europe at some point in October. Ference will join Radek Martinek as a pair of NHL imports playing for the Czech club while the lockout plays out in North America.
Andrew still needs to deal with some personal issues, so he should arrive around Oct. 7, said Ceske Budejovice Peter Sailer with the assistance of Google translator. We are in personal contact. We were very pleasantly surprised with the fact that the Czech Budejovice for it was a clear priority. In the last phone call he just said that he had forgotten a lot of Czech words which he learned at the last lockout, so they will have a tutor.
Ference skated for Ceske Budejovice in 2004-05 when the NHL lost an entire season to labor issues, and the Bruins defenseman played 31 games for HC Ceske Budejovice and finished with 20 points in a productive offensive role for the Czech Republic club.
He explained his reasoning behind moving to Europe to on Tuesday.
During the last lockout you saw some guys that stayed behind when others went to Europe or played in the AHL. Those guys fell a step behind the other players when the NHL got started again, and they had a really difficult time catching up to the pace, said Ference. Im in the last year of my deal and I cant afford to just sit around and allow the intensity to dial down in my workouts.
Ference has played portions of the last six seasons with the Bruins after he was dealt to Boston from Calgary, and was Bostons alternate captain along with center Chris Kelly last season.
Like fellow NHL players, Ference will have an 'out clause' in his contract that allows him to return to Boston once the CBA is resolved and the NHL begins the 2012-13 regular season.

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.

Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


Backes out at least two more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.