Seidenberg likely to play in Germany for lockout


Seidenberg likely to play in Germany for lockout

Its only a matter of time now for Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg before he leaves the Bruins, and heads back to his native Germany until the NHL lockout ends.

The Bruins defenseman indicated to on Tuesday hell remain in Boston for the next week, but he is most likely headed to Europe next week to reunite with younger brother Yanick on the Mannheim Eagles team he opened his career with in Germany.

The two Seidenberg brothers -- Yanick is three years younger and a 5-foot-7 forward -- played portions of one season together in Mannheim back in 2001-02, but are now looking forward to have a chance to play together in their primes. Seidenberg did say that hes going to keep a careful eye on how many games he plays in Germany with the idea that a bunched-up shortened schedule might be waiting for him when the NHL gets going.

Once it starts theyre probably going to press a lot of games into the months and it will be a lot on top of going over to Europe," Seidenberg said. "Ill have to consider that and be careful how I manage my time. Im German so if I go back there I wont count as an import. I can always go back there. If I go back to Germany Ill play with Mannheim with my brother. It would be nice to be reunited with him.

Seidenberg was regretful that it took an NHL lockout to make it happen and still holds out hope that something might spark up the CBA negotiations in the next couple of weeks.

But hes also wary of the damage that a prolonged work stoppage -- and the radio silence that goes along with it -- could do to the NHL product.

Every time theres a work stoppage and theres no media coverage out there, then people lose interest in the game, said Seidenberg. Hockey isnt a sport like football or baseball where a large group of people live for it. We need to coverage to be out there to keep it going and to keep the game popular.

The 31-year-old defenseman is also firming up his plans to head back to Europe around the same time Bruins center David Krejci will be heading back to the Czech Republic. Seidenbergs best season for Mannheim came the year after he selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the seventh round of the 2001 draft, and he posted seven goals and 20 points in 55 games before leaving for North America where he's spent the last 10 seasons.

As with most players that retreat to Europe during NHL work stoppages, Seidenberg is expected to have an out clause in his contract that allows him to return to North America when the NHL regular season begins.

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.