Bruins starting to make alternate plans if there is a lockout

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Bruins starting to make alternate plans if there is a lockout

LOWELL The Bruins players are hopeful that there will be an NHL season, and that the season will start on time with Opening Night scheduled for Oct. 11 on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers.
But theres a wide chasm between the NHL and the NHLPA with the current CBA set to expire on Sept. 15, and theres every expectation that at least a portion of the season will be missed due to labor issues. So some Bruins players are already making their preparations in case there is no NHL hockey for at least a few months to start next year, and much of that is centered on Europe.
Theres a good chance that a player like 20-year-old Tyler Seguin and 21-year-old Jordan Caron will be playing for the Providence Bruins given that theyre on entry level deals with only a certain number of games played under their belts. Mike Mottau said he already has a few concrete offers from Europe if thats the direction he wants to head toward for next year, and those offers will look more attractive if the NHL cant get its act together.
It would make plenty of sense for 25-year-old Tuukka Rask to head back to his native Finland if labor issues continue into October and November, but the goalie said he hadnt made any of those plans as of yet.
I didnt go through a work stoppage the last time around, so Im not even sure what I would do, said Rask. Hopefully well be playing hockey and I wont have to make that decision.
Dennis Seidenberg said he was also hoping to start the year on time with the Bruins, but already envisioned playing in Germany with his younger brother, Yanick, if theres a lengthy work stoppage. Both Seidenberg brothers have played for the Mannheim Eagles in the past, and the Bs defensemans younger brother will be playing there this season.
The elder Seidenberg said he actually looked forward to the opportunity to play with his 5-foot-7, 160-pound younger brother if the situation was right.
My younger brother plays in Germany, so it would be nice to play with him if the situation got to that, said Seidenberg, who is 2 years older than Yanick. For now I havent put enough thought into it to say what I would do. But he plays for Mannheim, the team I used to play for over there.
Id love to play with him, but Im hoping that it doesnt happen.
As things creep closer to the season odds are that youll hear much more about members of the Bruins roster scattering all over the world to earn some money while their main paychecks are being held up during a potential lockout.

Matt Beleskey a healthy scratch tonight vs. San Jose

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Matt Beleskey a healthy scratch tonight vs. San Jose

The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.

Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:  

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Backes

Cehlarik-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Hayes

Schaller-Moore-Nash

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

 

Rask 

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Morning Skate: Brian Boyle embroiled in trade rumors

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America. 

*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts. 

*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time. 

*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis. 

*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night. 

*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak. 

*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point. 

*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes.