Patrice Bergeron was always a huge Quebec Nordiques fan growing up in the shadow of Quebec City, so it would be logical the Bs center would long to play in front of his fellow Quebecois.
But it wont be as part of the Quebec Caravan League set to start on Sept. 27 in his native countryside. Bergerons agent, Kent Hughes, told CSNNE.com on Tuesday that the Bs alternate captain is unlikely to play in the Quebec Caravan League organized by fellow NHL skaters Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais.
Instead No. 37 is looking into possible playing opportunities in Europe like so many of his Bruins teammates. Per sources close to Bergeron, CSNNE.com has learned the Selke Trophy winner is leaning toward playing in the same Swiss League that signed Tyler Seguin although nothing has been determined at this point.
The first Quebec Caravan League contest will be held in the Chateauguay, a suburb of Montreal, and is expected to feature some of the best Francophone players out work during the NHL lockout: Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, David Desharnais, Mathieu Darche and David Perron along with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex Burrows, Derrick Brassard and Simon Gagne.
The games are scheduled to take place on a weekly basis throughout the Quebec province and tickets can be purchased at a cost of 20 with the proceeds set to go to charity. While the Caravan League should boast some good talent, its expected that moving to Switzerland would place Bergeron in a much higher intensity situation while staying prepared for Bs duty.
Like all of Bergerons teammates that have already signed in Europe, the Bruins center will have an out clause allowing him to return to the NHL when the lockout is finally over. The Bruins pivot played in the AHL for the Providence Bruins as a 19-year-old during the last work stoppage that wiped out the entire 2004-05 hockey season.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.